On Saturday morning, King Charles III was officially named King in the country’s first-ever televised ceremony.
On Thursday, his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, passed away at the age of 96 in Balmoral after months of ongoing health struggles.
On Friday, the King had given his first public address to the country and to the world after her passing, ahead of his public coronation on Saturday morning, which was televised for the first time in history.
WATCH King Charles III Be Named King In Historic First-Ever Televised Ceremony
The King takes an oath to maintain and preserve the Church of Scotland.
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— Royal Central (@RoyalCentral) September 10, 2022
As reported by Deadline early Saturday morning, the new British monarch was officially proclaimed King Charles III in a ceremony that was televised for the first time in the country’s long history.
At 10 AM local time, the Accession Council gathered in the Picture Gallery at St. James Palace. The official declaration was then made inside the Throne Room. His wife, Queen Consort Camilla, and his son, Prince William, now Prince of Wales, were also in attendance at the event.
During the ceremony, King Charles III declared to fulfill his responsibilities as King of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, as well as oversee separate laws in Scotland. U.K.’s new prime minister, Liz Truss, also took part in the ceremony. Truss had just met with the late Queen on Tuesday in what turned out to be her final public duty before her sudden death on Thursday, September 8.
“I shall strive to follow the inspiring example I have been set,” the new King said in his speech from a lectern before sitting back down to sign the documents that officially declared him King. Queen Consort Camilla and Prince William then signed the documents as official witnesses.
Flags that had been lowered to half-mast to honor Queen Elizabeth II have been raised again to honor the new king. The declaration follows the first public speech that King Charles III gave on Friday afternoon to mourn his mother and bestow new titles on the Royal Family.
The full hour and ten-minute long video can be seen by clicking on the video below. The Royal Family has prevented video embeds to other sites.
His Majesty The King will be proclaimed at the Accession Council at 10:00 today at St James’s Palace.
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) September 10, 2022
His Majesty The King Addresses the Nation and the Commonwealth In First Public Speech
“Queen Elizabeth was a life well lived; a promise with destiny kept and she is mourned most deeply in her passing. That promise of lifelong service I renew to you all today.”
His Majesty The King addresses the Nation and the Commonwealth. pic.twitter.com/xQXVW5PPQ2
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) September 9, 2022
King Charles III’s first public address was prerecorded in the Blue Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace on Friday afternoon.
The new King began his speech, saying, “I speak to you today with feelings of profound sorrow. Throughout her life, Her Majesty the Queen, my beloved my mother was an inspiration and example to me and my family, and we owe her the most heartfelt debt any family could owe to their mother for her love, affection, guidance, understanding, and example.”
While vowing to serve the people of the country and the Realms with “loyalty, respect, and love,” he also continued to pay his respects to his late mother, saying, “Queen Elizabeth was a life well lived, a promise that destiny kept. And she is mourned most deeply in her passing. That promise of lifelong service I renew to you all today.”
During his speech, he named his wife Camilla has Queen Consort and named Prince William the Prince of Wales. He also spoke briefly about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, saying, “I express my love for Prince Harry and Meghan as they continue to build their lives overseas.”
King Charles III became emotional in his final dedication to his mother, concluding his speech by thanking her for her 70 years of service on the throne.
“Thank you for your love and devotion to our family and to the family of nations you have served so diligently all these years,” he said. “May flights of Angels sing thee to thy rest.”