Live: 'God save the king': the Accession Council proclaims Charles as sovereign

Live: ‘God save the king’: the Accession Council proclaims Charles as sovereign

King Charles III attends a meeting of the Accession Council which officially proclaims him king.

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By Jordan Hayne

Orders read and approved

Lord President of the Private Council Penny Mourdant is reading the Council’s orders, which the King is approving.

They concern a number of technical issues relating to the proclamation and accession of the king.

Penny Mourdant speaks before the king

By Danielle Maguire

King Charles III is now confirming his oath

Must sign both copies of the instrument to confirm the oath:

King Charles III signs a large piece of paper in the throne room
(ABC News)

And here is the queen consort Camilla signing as a witness:

Queen consort Camilla signs a document in the Throne Room
(ABC News)

By Jordan Hayne

Key event

King Charles III is taking an oath to protect the Church of Scotland

“I, Charles III, by the grace of God, the United Kingdom, Great Britain and Northern Ireland and my other kingdoms and territories, king, defender of the faith, promise and swear faithfully that I should maintain and preserve the environment settlement of the true Protestant religion, “he says.

This is a requirement for a new ruler.

By Danielle Maguire

King Charles III strives to follow the “inspiring example” during his reign

“In assuming these responsibilities, I will strive to follow the inspiring example I have been given in supporting constitutional government and to seek the peace, harmony and prosperity of the peoples of these islands and the kingdoms and territories of the Commonwealth in Worldwide.

To this end, I note that I should be supported by the affection and loyalty of the peoples of whom I have been called to be sovereign and that in the performance of these duties I will be guided by the council of their elected parliaments.

By Jordan Hayne

King Charles III says that “serious responsibilities” have passed to him

“To all of us as a family, as well as to this kingdom and the larger family of nations to which it is a part, my mother has set an example of lifelong love and selfless service,” he says.

“My mother’s reign is unmatched in its duration, dedication and devotion. Even if we are saddened, we give thanks for this most faithful life.

“I am deeply aware of this great legacy and of the duties and heavy responsibilities of sovereignty, which have now passed to me.”

King Charles III speaks

By Danielle Maguire

King Charles III is making his declaration

Here’s how it started:

My lords, ladies and gentlemen, it is my painful duty to announce the death of my beloved mother, the Queen.

I know how deeply you and the whole nation are and I think I can say that the whole world sympathizes with me for the irreparable loss we have all suffered.

It is the greatest consolation for me to know of the sympathy expressed by so many to my sister and brothers and that such overwhelming love and support should be extended to all of our family in our loss.

By Danielle Maguire

King Charles III is speaking

By Danielle Maguire

King Charles III is entering the Throne Room

By Danielle Maguire

Privy Council members chat while they wait

It is a very formal occasion, but there is a lot of chatter among the Privy Council as they wait for the king:

Tony Blair and Borris Johnson chat in a crowded room
(ABC News)

By Jordan Hayne

What can we expect in the second part of the procedure

The first part of the meeting was very short, although the second part will probably take longer.

Here’s how Buckingham Palace describes it:

“Part II, is the holding of the first private council of the King of His Majesty. The King will make his Declaration, read and sign an oath to uphold the security of the Church in Scotland and approve Orders in Council that facilitate continuity of government.” .

By Danielle Maguire

We are now waiting for King Charles III to enter

King Charles III is about to make a series of promises.

But for now, let’s wait.

The empty throne of King Charles III
(ABC News)

By Danielle Maguire

The first part of the procedure was concluded

Private Advisors they are now leaving the Pinacoteca and heading towards the Throne Room.

The next agenda will be King Charles III’s meeting with the private council, when he will take a series of oaths.

So a proclamation will be read in about 20 minutes or so.

By Jordan Hayne

Who is present inside St James’s Palace?

As we await the King’s arrival for the second part of the ceremony, let’s take a look at who is in the room.

In all there are around 200 council members, including former UK prime ministers Boris Johnson, David Cameron, Theresa May, Gordon Brown and Tony Blair.

There is also Labor leader Sir Kier Starmer.

A room full of people in dark clothes
Boris Johnson, David Cameron and Theresa May
Several former UK prime ministers are present.(ABC)

By Danielle Maguire

Key event

‘God Save the King!’

King Charles III was officially proclaimed king.

As everyone signs, here’s a summary of what was just said:

“… Prince Charles Philip Arthur George is now, upon the death of our late ruler of happy memory, become our only legitimate and legitimate Leige Lord, Charles III, by the grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland , and of his other kingdoms and territories, king, chief of the Commonwealth, defender of the faith, to whom we acknowledge all faith and obedience with humble affection, God through whom kings and queens reign to bless His Majesty with long and happy years to reign upon us. God save the king! “

By Danielle Maguire

Present the Mayor of London

Here is a shot of the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan arriving at St James’s Palace first:

Sadiq Khan in a suit and tie, talking to other men in a suit and tie

By Jordan Hayne

Key event

The Accession Council is now starting its meeting

Present the Queen consort, Prince William and Prime Minister Liz Truss.

King Charles will only enter the room later in the ceremony.

The meeting of the Accession Council

By Danielle Maguire

Who is on the Private Council?

We just saw Boris Johnson, Teresa May and David Cameron on screen.

But there are a lot of people in that room.

According to the UK Parliament website, the board is made up of:

  • Past and present cabinet members
  • speaker
  • leaders of major political parties
  • Archbishops
  • various senior judges
  • other senior public figures

By Jordan Hayne

As you’d expect, the guest list for today’s meeting is small

The Accession Council includes Private Advisers, but not all of them will be present.

As ABC correspondent Phillip Williams explains, there are 670 of them and there will simply be no room at St James’s Palace.

On the other hand, around 200 directors will be present at the meeting.

“There are a number of people who would like to be here. They have had to be eliminated. There will be people who are disappointed in this great historical moment that they cannot be a part of directly,” he says.

Police in the courtyard of St James's Palace
(AP: Kristy Wigglesworth)

By Danielle Maguire

Where to watch the accession ceremony on YouTube

This video will start once things get started:

By Jordan Hayne

What will the Accession Council meeting be like?

This is the first time ever that a meeting like this has been broadcast on television, but here’s what royal expert Juliet Riden says to expect:

[The meeting] it’s a ancient institution of the Saxon era and today’s ceremonies are about the history and pomp which supports the monarchy.

The setting of St James’s Palace will be particularly impressive. The palace was built by Henry VIII and brims with Tudor glory.

The Council is divided into two parts.

What we will look at first is the Privy Council – which is the oldest form of legislative assembly still in operation in the UK –gathering without King Charles III to proclaim a new monarch.

The council is made up of politicians, senior clergy and Supreme Court judges.

The new king will then hold his inaugural Private Council and make his personal declaration and oath to assume the duties and responsibilities of sovereignty.

William, now Prince of Wales, will also be present as a member of the Privy Council.

A close-up of King Charles
(Reuters: Toby Melville)

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