While King Charles gained his new title as soon as the Queen died, the accession council formally proclaimed him king and set in motion pageantry across the commonwealth. About 200 senior ministers, advisers, and diplomats gathered at St. James’s palace for the accession council, a traditional meeting that is convened as soon as possible after a sovereign’s death.
In his speech, Charles said quote ” I am deeply aware of this deep inheritance and of the grave responsibilities which are now passed to me”.
Interesting choice of words, but then again– this family is quite familiar with death and destruction.
Charles also declared his commitment to the Commonwealth and took an oath in support of the Church of Scotland. For the first time in history, this ceremony was broadcast on television. Charles also confirmed that the late queen’s funeral, for which no date has been set, will be a public holiday in the UK.