The new King has now been sworn in as of yesterday, King Charles 111 has made a personal declaration on the death of his beloved mother Queen Elizabeth 11. He has vowed to uphold ‘constitutional government and to seek the peace, harmony and prosperity of the peoples of these islands, and of the Commonwealth realms and territories throughout the world’. The Queen passed peacefully on the 8th of September surrounded by her family and Charles automatically became King, but the Accession Council an ancient body of advisers has formally announced his role as Head of State yesterday.
In a rare insight TV cameras was allowed into the historic event giving the world a glimpse of what actually happens that has been dating back centuries. As crowds gathered outside the palace at 11am trumpet were sounded and from the balcony of St James’s Palace as the Principal Proclamation announcing the King was read out. The King is now officially proclaimed Sovereign of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, including Supreme Head of the Church of England and Commander in-Chief of Britain’s Armed Forces, as well as Head of State of the Commonwealth and British territories around the world. On a balcony above Friary Court in St James’s David White – an official known as the Garter King Of Arms-read the proclamation. Which he said: “Given St James’s Palace this 10th day of September in year of our Lord 2022.” In moments after the announcement ‘God save the King’ was shouted out.
King Charles 111’s Declaration In Full:
“My lords, Ladies and Gentleman.” “Its is my most sorrowful duty to announce to you the death of my beloved mother, the Queen. I know how deeply you, the entire Nation – and I think I may say the whole world – sympathise with me in the irreplaceable loss we have all suffered.” “It is the the greatest consolation to me to know of the sympathy expressed by so many to my Sisters and Brothers and that such overwhelming support should be extended to our whole family in our loss.” “To all of us as a family, as to this kingdom and the wider family of nations of which it is a part, my Mother gave an example of lifelong love and selfless service.” “My mother’s reign was unequalled in its duration, it’s dedication and its devotion. Even as we grieve, we give thanks for this most faithful life.” “I am deeply aware of this great inheritance and of the duties and heavy responsibilities of Sovereignty which have now passed to me. I shall strive to follow the inspiring example i have been set in upholding constitutional government and to seek the peace, harmony and prosperity of the peoples of these islands and of the Commonwealth Realms and Territories throughout the world.” “In this purpose, I know that I shall be upheld by the affection and loyalty of the peoples whose Sovereign I have been called upon to be, and that in the discharge of these duties I will be guided by the counsel of their elected parliaments. In all this, I am profoundly encouraged by the constant support of my beloved wife.” “I take this opportunity to confirm my willingness and intention to continue the tradition of surrendering the hereditary revenues, including Crown Estate, to my Government for the benefit of all, in return for the Sovereign Grant, which supports My Official duties as Head of Sate and Head of Nation.” “And in carrying out the heavy task that has been laid upon me, and to which I now dedicate what remains to me of my life, I pray for the guidance and help Almighty God.”
The King also took the oath to preserve the Church of Scotland, this oath is taken at the point of accession to the Crown, with Charles saying he was ‘ready to do so at this first opportunity’. Buckingham Place confirmed he had declared: ‘I Chares 111, by the grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of my other realms and territories, King, Defender of the Faith, do faithfully promise and swear that I shall inviolably maintain and preserve the settlement of the true protestant religion as established by the laws made in Scotland in prosecution of the Claim of Right, and particularly by an Act intituled ‘An Act of securing the Protestant Religion and Presbyterian Church Government’ and by the Acts passed in the Parliament of both Kingdoms, together with the Government, Worship, Discipline, Rights and Privileges of the Church of Scotland.’
The new Prime Minster of the UK Liz Truss joined Camilla the Queen Consort, Prince of Wales William and 250 other dignitaries including the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby etc to sign the proclamation at 10am yesterday morning.