Charles III to be proclaimed Britain's king as U.K. mourns Elizabeth (2024)

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Remebrances services to be held for queen to held across U.K. Sunday: Queen Elizabeth leaves Balmoral for the last time Denmark's queen scales back her jubilee after Queen Elizabeth's death Billboards around the world pay homage to Queen Elizabeth II 'Very lovely to see': Happy reaction in Windsor as William and Harry reunite Flowers left at former residence recall a young Elizabeth in Malta William, Kate, Harry and Meghangreet the public at Windsor tribute Mourners remember Queen Elizabeth II at memorial outside British embassy in D.C. King Charles hosts PM Liz Truss and other British politicians British soccer criticized for canceling play after queen’s death Duran Duran pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth at Hollywood Bowl King Charles III greets crowds near Buckingham Palace Queen’s coffin to make multiple stops ahead of state funeral Watch: Princes William and Harry on walkabout to meet crowds at Windsor William, Harry, Kate and Meghan reunite at Windsor Castle Lawmakers pledge allegiance to new king at the British Parliament William, Kate, Harry and Meghanvisit flower memorial for Queen Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral to be held on Sept. 19 King Charles proclaimed Canada's new head of state Prince William: 'The world lost an extraordinary leader' Queen's family view floral tributes Queen asked to play the Beatles at state dinner, former French president says A new king proclaimed at the Royal Exchange How movies, television helped define Queen Elizabeth II in the public consciousness Pomp, circ*mstance and lots of gold braiding Police chase man who jumped barrier outside Buckingham Palace Senior lawmakers pledge their allegiance to the new king Scenes outside St. James’s Palaceas King Charles III ascends Thousands welcome King Charles III at Buckingham Palace Vladimir Putin sends 'sincere congratulations' to new king Anti-monarchy group: New king 'affront to democracy' England's cricketers sing 'God Save the King' Security ramped up in Scottish capital ahead of queen's procession Protest outside St. James's Palace during accession Second proclamation read in the City of London 'She was my boss' Tribute to King Charles III read by Garter Principle King of Arms National anthem and cries of 'God save the king' outside St. James's Palace Garter King of Arms proclaims Britain's new king Public holiday declared for queen's funeral Holding the Commonwealth together British prime ministers past gather for proclamation Gun salute honors King Charles III Principal proclamation publicly declares Charles king Charles makes first speech after being formally declared king Hundreds descend on Windsor Queen helped ‘heal the wounds of conflict,’ defense chief says Guards on patrol at St James's Palace What is the Accession Council? How the news of the king's accession will be shared King Charles III makes personal declaration on the death of his mother Lawmakers gather ahead of Charles' proclamation Crowds gather to witness Charles proclaimed king Charles proclaimed King Floral tributes mount up in London's Green Park Saturday will be a day of mourning and of ascension London’s Tower Bridge illuminated for Queen Elizabeth II Soccer legend Pelé reminisces about queen’s visit to Brazil References

Remebrances services to be held for queen to held across U.K.

Henry Austin

Remembrance services for Queen Elizabeth II will be held across the U.K. on the first Sunday after her death.

Special guidance has been issued by the Church of England on services during the period of mourning.

“Flags to be lowered to half mast, and to remain at this height until the day after the State Funeral,” it says, adding that bells should be rung at a “practicable” time.

The queen was formally the Defender of the Faith and governor of the Church of England, titles dating back centuries that have now passed to her son.

Sunday: Queen Elizabeth leaves Balmoral for the last time

Dennis Romero

On Sunday, the queen's coffin will be driven from Balmoral Castle, Royal Deeside, to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland.

Public viewing of the vehicle will be possible along the route in Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen and Dundee, officials said.

The queen’s coffin will be carried into the Throne Room at Holyroodhouse, where it will remain until Monday.

Proclamations for the queen will be read elsewhere in Scotland, in Northern Ireland and Wales.

King Charles II will be the subject of two public proclamations of his ascension Sunday in Edinburgh, a noontime announcement by Lord Lyon King of Armsto the people of Scotland at Mercat Cross, and the second at Edinburgh Castle.

Large crowds were expected.

Denmark's queen scales back her jubilee after Queen Elizabeth's death

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Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Denmark’s Queen Margrethe canceled, postponed and scaled back events of her own jubilee this weekend in which she marks 50 years on the throne of Europe’s oldest ruling monarchy.

Queen Margrethe, 82, whose reign is now Europe’s longest, has praised Britain’s late monarch as “a towering figure among European monarchs and a great inspiration to us all,” adding that “We shall miss her terribly.”

The Danish monarch also asked for a moment of silence Saturday evening before a gala performance at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen.

Billboards around the world pay homage to Queen Elizabeth II

Rania Soetirto

Displayed in a solid black background, images of the queen in her earlier years and in her 90s accompanied by the queen’s initials could be seen across buildings in Manila, Philippines.

This is one of the many tributes seen across the world as people continue to commemorate the queen’s legacy.

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'Very lovely to see': Happy reaction in Windsor as William and Harry reunite

Flowers left at former residence recall a young Elizabeth in Malta

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The house, now abandoned and crumbling, once rang with the voices of a young couple military couple. Now, flowers left at the doorstep recall the long life of a beloved queen.

Between 1949 and 1951, then-Princess Elizabeth lived off and on in Villa Guardamangia, just outside the Maltese capital of Valletta. Her husband, Philip, not yet a prince, was a naval officer stationed on the island, aboard the HMS Chequers and then as commander of HMS Magpie.

Official biographies refer to this era as one of the happiest, seemingly normal times of Elizabeth's life. Local newspapers at the time reported her driving herself around the island, going to movies, visiting a local hairdresser and hosting parties for military wives.

Since 2020 Guardamangia has been owned by Heritage Malta, which has announced plans to restore the property and create a museum.

William, Kate, Harry and Meghangreet the public at Windsor tribute

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Mourners remember Queen Elizabeth II at memorial outside British embassy in D.C.

King Charles hosts PM Liz Truss and other British politicians

Daniella Silva

After he was publicly proclaimed Britain’s new monarch, King Charles III held his first audiences at Buckingham Palace on Saturday afternoon.

The meeting was attended by Prime Minister Liz Truss and other politicians, including members of her Cabinet and opposition leaders, as well as the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Royal family said on Twitter.

British soccer criticized for canceling play after queen’s death

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British soccer has come under fire for its decision to postpone this weekend’s round of fixtures following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, with some fans questioning the move in contrast to other sports bodies who opted to let play resume.

The Football Supporters’ Association, which represents soccer fans in England and Wales, said the cancelation of games was a missed opportunity for fans to pay their respect.

“We believe football is at its finest when bringing people together at times of huge national significance — be those moments of joy or moments of mourning,” the FSA said.

Grassroots and local soccer games have also been canceled by the Football Association, the game's national governing body.

Duran Duran pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth at Hollywood Bowl

Rania Soetirto

Duran Duran honored Queen Elizabeth II during a concert in Los Angeles, California, on Friday night.

The British band performed their 1982 single “Save a Prayer” at the Hollywood Bowl, according to videos of the event shared to Twitter, as the audience sang along and illuminated the venue with lights from their cell phones.

“The concert was amazing," Georgina Tsoar, who attended, told NBC News. "I love the fact that they started the concert with a tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth."

King Charles III greets crowds near Buckingham Palace

Daniella Silva

King Charles III waved to crowds gathered near Buckingham Palace in London on Saturday.

The new king then stopped his car, got out and greeted people on The Mall, a road between the palace and Trafalgar Square, shaking their hands and taking a bouquet of flowers.

Meanwhile, the crowd cheered for the king and chanted, "All hail the King!" and "God save the King!"

Queen’s coffin to make multiple stops ahead of state funeral

Daniella Silva

The queen's coffin, which currently resides in the ballroom at Balmoral Castle, will make multiple stops as it travels to London ahead of the state funeral, Buckingham Palace said in a statement Saturday.

On Sunday, it will travel by road to Edinburgh, Scotland, making its way to the to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, where it will stay until Monday, the palace said.

On Monday, the coffin will be taken to the St. Giles’ Cathedral in Scotland's capital. There, King Charles III and members of the Royal family will attend a service, according to the palace. The queen's coffin will then lie at rest in the cathedral to allow the country's people to pay their respects.

On Tuesday, the coffin will travel by air to RAF Northolt, a Royal Air Force station in England, before it's transported to Buckingham Palace by road, the palace said. And on Wednesday, the coffin will be led in a procession from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster, where the queen will lie in state at Westminster Hall until Sept. 19, the day of her funeral.

Watch: Princes William and Harry on walkabout to meet crowds at Windsor


William, Harry, Kate and Meghan reunite at Windsor Castle

Daniel Arkin

WINDSOR, England — Prince William, Prince Harry and their spouses reunited at Windsor Castle on Saturday afternoon, appearing to put aside their rift to pay tribute to their late grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.

Hundreds of mourners and visitors lined the four-mile path to the castle, straining their necks to catch a glimpse of the royals and cheering when the foursome appeared.

William, Harry, Kate and Meghan paused at a large flower memorial for the queen, stopping to read handwritten notes and admire the bouquets that mourners had left throughout the day.

The reunion was a notable and striking event given that the siblings have grown distant in recent years, especially following Harry and Meghan’s decision to quit the royals for a life in the United States.

Read the full storyhere.

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Lawmakers pledge allegiance to new king at the British Parliament

William, Kate, Harry and Meghanvisit flower memorial for Queen

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Daniella Silva

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WINDSOR, England — Prince William and Catherine, Princess of Wales, as well as Prince Harry and Meghan, duch*ess of Sussex, visited a flower memorial for Queen Elizabeth II in Windsor on Saturday.

Hundreds have come to pay their respects to the queen, laying flowers outside the gates of the castle.

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Following their reunion at the memorial, a spokesperson for William said: “The Prince of Wales invited the Duke and duch*ess to join him and the Princess of Wales earlier.”


Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral to be held on Sept. 19

Daniella Silva

Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral will take place on Sept. 19 at Westminster Abbey in London, Buckingham Palace announced Saturday.

The palace said in a statement that the queen would lie in state in Westminster Hall for four days, before the state funeral, to give the public time to pay its respects.

On Monday morning, the lie in state will end, and the queen’s coffin will be taken in procession to Westminster Abbey, where the funeral service will take place, according to the palace.

King Charles proclaimed Canada's new head of state

Daniella Silva

Canada officially announced King Charles III as its monarch in a ceremony on Saturday.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Gov. General Mary Simon attended the accession ceremony in Ottawa, where Charles was formalized as the country’s new head of state. Canada is a member of the British Commonwealth.

Prince William: 'The world lost an extraordinary leader'

Daniella Silva

Prince William said in a statement Saturday that “the world lost an extraordinary leader,” following the death of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.

“So much will be said in the days ahead about the meaning of her historic reign,” the Prince of Wales said.

“She was by my side at my happiest moments. And she was by my side during the saddest days of my life,” he continued. “I knew this day would come, but it will be some time before the reality of life without Grannie will truly feel real.

“My grandmother famously said that grief was the price we pay for love. All of the sadness we will feel in the coming weeks will be testament to the love we felt for our extraordinary Queen. I will honour her memory by supporting my father, The King, in every way I can."


Queen's family view floral tributes

Hyder Abbasi

Family members, including three of Queen Elizabeth II's children, have been admiring messages of support from the public, at Balmoral.

Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward came to the gates of the Scottish castle where their mother died Thursday and viewed flowers and messages left by well-wishers.

Some of them seemed to become emotional as they read the messages from the public.

Prince Andrew thanked people for visiting. “We’ve been allowed one day, now we start the process of handing her on,” he said.

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Queen asked to play the Beatles at state dinner, former French president says

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Leila Sackur and Reuters

Queen Elizabeth II once asked an orchestra to play the Beatles at a state dinner in 2014 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings on five beaches in Normandy in June 1944, former French President François Hollande said Saturday.

“She talked about being a friend of France and her taste for French culture and generally for the arts,” Hollande told Reuters.

“At one point, the Republican Guard was playing some classical music and I asked her what she would like and she said: 'Can they play the Beatles?' So the orchestra played several songs by the Beatles,” Hollande said, referring to the military unit that provides guards of honor at official ceremonies.

A new king proclaimed at the Royal Exchange

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How movies, television helped define Queen Elizabeth II in the public consciousness

Daniel Arkin

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LONDON— In the 21st century, anyone with a smartphone or an internet connection does not lack for information about celebrities. The era of TikTok and TMZ has broken down barriers, making public figures feel nearer to us, reduced to human scale.

The late Queen Elizabeth IIwas a notable exception.

In her decades on the throne, cultural mores evolved dramatically, but Her Majesty remained much the same despite being one of the most famous people in the world. She was reserved, withdrawn, poker-faced and, to most, fundamentally unknowable.

That never stopped screenwriters, filmmakers and other creative personalities from attempting to get inside the queen’s head. In doing so, many viewers thought they understood a woman who revealed so little of her inner life to us.

Read more here.


Pomp, circ*mstance and lots of gold braiding

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Alicia Victoria Lozano and Corky Siemaszko

LONDON—King Charles III’s already undisputedclaim to the British thronegot the royal rubber stamp Saturday when what’s known as the Accession Council formally proclaimed the eldest son ofQueen Elizabeth IIthe new monarch.

There was pomp and pageantry and tradition —and zero suspense —because Charles became king whenElizabeth died Thursday at Balmoral Castle in Scotland.

Charles’ accession to the thronewas a modern version of the Anglo-Saxon Witan, a two-part gathering of notables that predates the Middle Ages that was called after a sovereign died.

But this was the first time this ancient ceremony was televised, and millions around the world watched as Charles, 73, swore to uphold the constitution, protect the Church of Scotland, and signed the proclamation that made him king.

Read more here.

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Senior lawmakers pledge their allegiance to the new king

Hyder Abbasi

Senior lawmakers, including Britain’s new prime minister, pledged their allegiance to the new king at the British Parliament.

Lindsay Hoyle, the speaker of the House of Commons, told MPs that “time constraints” meant only a small number of them could take their oaths but more time would be available at a later date.

Liz Truss, who was only sworn in as prime minister Tuesday, swore that she would “be faithful and bear true allegiance to His Majesty King Charles, his heirs and successors, according to law.”

Scenes outside St. James’s Palaceas King Charles III ascends

Members of the public wait outside St. James’ Palace as King Charles III holds a meeting with lawmakers.

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Thousands welcome King Charles III at Buckingham Palace

Hyder Abbasi

Large crowds cheered and applauded as King Charles III arrived at Buckingham Palace in his Rolls Royce.

Thousands of people packed the walkways around Buckingham Palace to try to catch a glimpse of the newly proclaimed king.

Charles could be seen smiling and waving back at the crowds as he drove past them.

Vladimir Putin sends 'sincere congratulations' to new king

Armelle De Oliveira

Leila Sackur

Armelle De Oliveira and Leila Sackur

Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent King Charles III a note of congratulations on his accession to the throne.

“I wish your majesty success, good health and all the best,” the note said.


Anti-monarchy group: New king 'affront to democracy'

Hyder Abbasi

A British organization that campaigns for the abolition of the monarchy called the proclamation of a new king an "affront to democracy."

"Britain has changed almost beyond recognition since 1952 and the last royal succession. In this modern and democratic society our head of state cannot simply step into the role without debate or without challenge to his legitimacy," it said in a written statement on Twitter.

England's cricketers sing 'God Save the King'

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Hyder Abbasi

Matthew Mulligan

Hyder Abbasi and Matthew Mulligan

England’s cricket team and fans at the iconic Oval stadium in London rose to sing the national anthem shortly after Charles was proclaimed monarch.

“Such an emotional moment to not only say goodbye to Her Majesty, but also to welcome King Charles III,” fan Paul Steenkamp told NBC News via Messenger.

It is believed to be the first official televised rendition of “God Save the King,” as opposed to “God Save the Queen,” to be sung at a sporting event.

England is playing South Africa.

Security ramped up in Scottish capital ahead of queen's procession

Leila Sackur

Armed police were stationed across Scotland's capital, Edinburgh, and roads closed ahead of the arrival of Queen Elizabeth II's coffin later this weekend.

The coffin will be transferred from Balmoral Castle in northern Scotland, where the queen died Thursday, to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. A ceremonial procession will then take it to St. Giles' Cathedral in the heart of the city Monday, where her body will lie in state before being transferred to London.

Protest outside St. James's Palace during accession

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Second proclamation read in the City of London

Leila Sackur

King Charles III's accession was proclaimed on the steps of the Royal Exchange in the City of London, the country's traditional financial center.

The Royal Exchange is a former financial institution in the City of London, which served as a forum for merchants and traders. It is the capital's ancient Roman core, and is technically classed as a different city from London itself, with its own police force and mayor.

Further proclamations of Charles' accession will be made in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast on Sunday.

'She was my boss'

Daniel Arkin

Royal Air Force veteran Harry Stelling, 86, describes the late queen in simple terms: “She was my boss.”

Stelling came to Windsor Castle on Saturday to lay flowers in honor of the queen to whom a “swore a covenant.”

“All the guys I served with have got the most respect for the queen,” he said.

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Tribute to King Charles III read by Garter Principle King of Arms

Hyder Abbasi

David Vines White, the Garter Principle King of Arms, welcomed King Charless III as the new monarch in a flowery public tribute from the balcony of St. James's palace.

“Prince Charles Philip Arthur George is now by the death of our late sovereign of happy memory become our only lawful and rightful liege lord, Charles III by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of his other realms and territories King, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, to whom we do acknowledge all faith and obedience with humble affection, beseeching God by whom kings and queens do reign to bless his majesty with long and happy years to reign over us. God save the King,” he said.

National anthem and cries of 'God save the king' outside St. James's Palace

Leila Sackur

Applause and cheers of “God save the king” broke out outside St. James’s Palace in London where Charles was officially proclaimed the new monarch.

Those gathered then gave three cheers for the new king before standing and listening to a gun salute in the distance.

Others sang the national anthem which changed from “God Save the Queen” to “God Save the King,” after the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Garter King of Arms proclaims Britain's new king

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Public holiday declared for queen's funeral

Leila Sackur

King Charles III declared a public holiday on the day of Queen Elizabeth II's funeral.

He made the announcement after he was formally proclaimed king. “Even as we grieve, we give thanks for this most faithful life,” he said.

No date has been set for the funeral.

Holding the Commonwealth together

Daniel Arkin

Narinder Jagdev describes himself as a “lifelong monarchist,” crediting Queen Elizabeth II with “holding the Commonwealth together,” a reference to the association of mostly former colonies that the queen led and fostered.

Jagdev added that he hoped King Charles III would do the same.

“She could solve any problem, just like that,” he said, snapping his fingers for emphasis.

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British prime ministers past gather for proclamation

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Gun salute honors King Charles III

Hyder Abbasi

A gun salute has taken place following the proclamation of Charles as king. Guns were fired at St. James's Palace in London, where the new monarch was announced at the Accession Council.

Gun salutes also took place across all four nations of the United Kingdom on Friday in tribute to Queen Elizabeth II. Shots were fired 96 times, one for each year of the queen's life.

Principal proclamation publicly declares Charles king

Leila Sackur

On a balcony overlooking Friary Court at London's St. James's Palace, the Garter King of Arms, David Vines White, publicly proclaimed Charles the new king after a cacophonous trumpet fanfare.

The national anthem "God Save the King," was then played and gun salutes were then fired in Hyde Park and the Tower of London to announce the new monarch.

At noon (7 a.m ET) similar proclamations will be made in the City of London — the capital's ancient Roman core — as well as in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Charles makes first speech after being formally declared king

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Hundreds descend on Windsor

Daniel Arkin

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Queen helped ‘heal the wounds of conflict,’ defense chief says

Leila Sackur

Queen Elizabeth II helped to “heal the wounds of conflict” during her reign, the chief of Britain's defense staff said in a YouTube video address Saturday.

Highlighting her visits to Germany, Japan and Ireland, Adm. Tony Radakin described her as “the most magnificent ambassador for our country.”

“Her Majesty brought together the very different nations of the Commonwealth in a spirit of fellowship,” he said, adding that the queen was admired both by Britain's allies and adversaries.

Joining the Auxiliary Territorial Service during World War II in 1945, Elizabeth was the first member of the royal family to join the armed services full time. As a monarch she was the head of the armed services, with members of the military serving in her name.

Guards on patrol at St James's Palace

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What is the Accession Council?

Hyder Abbasi

The Accession Council is made up of a group of advisers to the monarch that includes the Britain's Prime Minister Liz Truss, members of her cabinet, religious figures and representatives from the Commonwealth.

It's role is only ceremonial and its purpose is to officially announce the name of the new monarch.

The Accession Council was divided into two parts. First Queen Elizabeth II was declared dead and the name of the new king is read out from a balcony in London, Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh.

The second part saw King Charles III make a personal declaration about the queen and then he made and signed an oath to serve the constitution and to protect the Church of Scotland.

How the news of the king's accession will be shared

Matthew Mulligan

When the meeting of Accession Council concludes, the College of Arms, a royal corporation dating from 1484, will be responsible for spreading word of the new king throughout the country. The first announcements at St. James’s Palace and the City of London will be accompanied by heralds and royal trumpeters.

The proclamation will also be read out across England and Wales. The Foreign Office will distribute the text to British embassies, to British overseas territories and dependencies, and nations of the Commonwealth—a collection of mostly former colonies.

On Sunday, the proclamation will be read in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Hillsborough, and marked by the firing of 21-gun royal salute.

King Charles III makes personal declaration on the death of his mother

Leila Sackur

King Charles III made a personal declaration on the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth II.

"I know how deeply you and the entire nation, and I think I may say the whole world, sympathise with me in this irreparable loss we have all suffered," he told a the Accession Council where he was being formally declared as King.

"Her reign was unequalled in its duration, its dedication and its devotion. Even as we grieve, we give thanks for this most faithful life," he added.

Lawmakers gather ahead of Charles' proclamation

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Crowds gather to witness Charles proclaimed king

Alicia Victoria Lozano

Crowds are gathering outside St James Palace in London to witness Charles proclaimed king. Among the first to line up in the viewing area outside were Astrid Jacobs, Virginia Forbes and Penny McDermid.

“It’s a very traditional part of what happens next. A lot of people don’t actually know about it,” said Jacobs, a Cambridge resident who arrived in London shortly after the queen’s death.

“It’s a mixed time I find, emotionally,” she added. “You’re trying to reconcile the future with the pain that you’re feeling at her loss. I wasn’t prepared.”

Forbes, also a Cambridge resident, said she is inspired by the international outpouring of love and support for the queen.

“It’s extraordinary in this age of cynicism and social media what’s come out,” she said.

Charles proclaimed King

Henry Austin

Britain's new monarch Charles III has been formally proclaimed as King during a historic ceremony televised for the first time.

Charles’s role as King and the name he will use was confirmed during a meeting of the Accession Council at St James’s Palace in London.

Senior figures from national life including Camilla, Queen Consort, his son William, the new Prince of Wales and Prime Minister Liz Truss took part in the ceremony.

Floral tributes mount up in London's Green Park


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Saturday will be a day of mourning and of ascension

Dennis Romero

On Saturday, Queen Elizabeth II’s body will be moved to Holyrood, her residence in Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh, as the solemn occasion will give way to the rites of ascension forKing Charles III.

Underlong-held custom, the king will say an oath and give a speech in London. Not customary: For the first time, the formality known as the Accession Council will be televised.

The kingwill be hailed by a 41-gun salute at Hyde Park fired by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, and by a 62-gun salute at the Tower of London by the Honourable Artillery Company.

A Garter King of Arms, a heraldic position in the royal household since 1484, will proclaim Charles the new king from a balcony of St. James’s Palace.

The royal band will then play the first verse of “God Save the King,” and flags will be temporarily raised from half mast. At 73, King Charles III is the oldest person to assume the British throne.

The king was expected to arrive at Holyrood on Sunday.

London’s Tower Bridge illuminated for Queen Elizabeth II


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Soccer legend Pelé reminisces about queen’s visit to Brazil

Dennis Romero

Soccer legend Pelé on Friday paid tribute to toQueen Elizabeth IIby recalling fond memories of her visit to Brazil in 1968.

He said she made a lasting impression when she came to witness Brazil’s love for the sport known in both nations as football. Her deeds and legacy, he said, “will last forever.”

As the only player to win three World Cups, Pelé, 81, has been described as the“player of the century”and“the greatest”to play the sport.

On Friday, he described Elizabeth’s visit as the scene of a lifetime. “I have been a great admirer of Queen Elizabeth II since the first time I saw her in person, in 1968,” hetweeted, “when she came to Brazil to witness our love for football and experienced the magic of a packed Maracanã.”

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