When the Queen died, Charles, the former Prince of Wales, assumed the throne swiftly and without ceremony.
Before the crowning king, he must fulfil several conventional and practical requirements.
Reuters, London, September 8 – Prince Charles eventually replaced his mother, Queen Elizabeth as monarch of the United Kingdom and 14 other countries after more than 70 years, the longest in British history for an heir.
It will be a challenging task. Despite his late mother’s immense popularity and respect, his family’s connections and reputations have been harmed by continuing charges of racism against Buckingham Palace workers.
With his second wife Camilla, who continues to divide the public, at his side, 73-year-old Charles, the oldest king to reach the throne in a dynasty dating back a thousand years, tackles these challenges.
Opponents see the new king adversely as unsuited for the office of monarch, vain, weak, and interfering.
His first marriage to the late Princess Diana ended in divorce, and he has been ridiculed for his obsession with architecture and the environment and his habit of conversing with plants.
Supporters argue that this is a misunderstanding of his essential work, that he is misunderstood, and that he has been a pioneer in topics such as climate change.
According to them, he is attentive and concerned about his fellow British citizens of all origins and socioeconomic strata. Since its inception over fifty years ago, his Prince’s Trust organization has helped over a million jobless and disadvantaged youth.
The Position and the place are secured.
His name will be King Charles III.
The newly crowned king made this choice as his first action. Charles Philip Arthur George was one of four names he might have chosen.
He is not the only one facing a title change.
Prince William’s father will have to confer the title of Prince of Wales on him even though he is the successor to the throne. Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and Cambridge are the new titles for William and Kate. Duke of Cornwall is the title he acquired from his father.
Charles’ wife Camilla gains the title of “Queen Consort.” The monarch’s spouse is referred to as the consort.
Charles is expected to be officially crowned King on Saturday. This will occur before the Accession Council, a ceremonial council, at London’s St. James’s Palace.
This group consists of senior lords and members of parliament from the Privy Council, together with certain high-ranking government workers, Commonwealth high commissioners, and the Lord Mayor of London.
Although there is a potential limit of over 700 guests, the actual number will likely be far fewer due to the short notice. In 1952, around 200 persons attended the last Accession Council.
The Lord President of the Privy Council, now Penny Mordaunt MP, will tell the assembly of the passing of Queen Elizabeth and make a proclamation.
Historically, the proclamation’s language has included several prayers and pledges supporting the departing monarch and vowing support for the new one.
This proclamation is signed by senior leaders such as the prime minister, the archbishop of Canterbury, and the Lord Chancellor.
As with all of these rituals, any modifications made to commemorate the beginning of a new period will be considered.
The first proclamation of the King.
The King and the Privy Council attend a second meeting of the Accession Council. This is not the traditional “inauguration” of a British monarch at the start of their reign, as it is for other heads of state, such as the president of the United States. In place of this, the new King issues a proclamation and, following a tradition dating back to the early 18th century, promises to support the Church of Scotland.
After a trumpet blast, a public pronouncement identifies Charles as the new king. This will be done from a balcony overlooking Friary Court at St. James’s Palace by a Garter King of Arms.
After he proclaims, “God save the King,” the national anthem will be performed for the first time since 1952 with the lyrics “God Save the King.”
The proclamation naming Charles as King will be read in Edinburgh, Cardiff, and Belfast, and cannon salutes will be fired from Hyde Park, the Tower of London, and naval vessels.
The coronation will be the symbolic pinnacle of the succession when Charles is officially crowned. The coronation is unlikely to take place soon after Charles ascends to the throne due to the preparation that would be required; Queen Elizabeth was crowned in June 1953 despite ascending to the throne in February 1952.
In 900 years, William the Conqueror was crowned in Westminster Abbey for the first time; Charles will be the 40th head of state to be crowned there.
The Archbishop of Canterbury leads this Anglican liturgy. After the ceremony, he will place Charles’ head on top of the 1661 solid gold St. Edward’s Crown.
The king wears this item solely at the coronation ceremony since it is the centrepiece of the Crown Jewels in the Tower of London (not least because it weighs a hefty 2.23kg – almost 5lbs).
The coronation, unlike royal weddings, is a state ceremony funded by and ultimately decides who is invited.
A ritual of anointing the new king with oils perfumed with orange, rose, cinnamon, musk, and ambergris will take place in addition to music and readings.
The new king will take the coronation oath in front of the entire world. During this elaborate ceremony, he will receive the orb and sceptre as symbols of his new status, and the Archbishop of Canterbury will crown him with a solid gold crown.
The Commonwealth’s top official!
Charles is now in charge of the Commonwealth, a union of 56 independent countries and 2.4 billion people. In fourteen of these countries, the monarch serves as the head of state in addition to the United Kingdom.
The Commonwealth nations include New Zealand, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Belize, Canada, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Christopher and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Australia, Grenada, and Jamaica.