Queen Elizabeth, Britain’s figurehead for seven decades, died peacefully at her home in Scotland on Thursday aged 96. “The death of my beloved Mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family,” the new king, her eldest son Charles, said.
And only one day after her death, King Charles announced his first big decision. He has made a momentous decision to televise the Accession Council for the first time in history.
An Accession Council is usually convened at St James’s Palace in London within 24 hours of the death of a sovereign.
🎺 Proclamation of King Charles III 🎺— Paul Brand (@PaulBrandITV) September 9, 2022
– Tomorrow the Accession Council meets to proclaim Charles King
– He is already King in title but this is a constitutional formality to recognise his sovereignty
– Most of us have never seen a proclamation before. So what happens? 🧵… pic.twitter.com/PnmpU2wh6V
Accession is when a new Sovereign takes the throne following the death of the previous King or Queen. The Proclamation of Accession is the publicizing of the accession.
King Charles’ Proclamation will happen at a historic Accession Council in London at 10am on Saturday 10 September.
Buckingham Palace said: “His Majesty The King will be proclaimed at the Accession Council at 10.00hrs tomorrow morning 10th September in the State Apartments of St James’s Palace, London.
“The Accession Council, attended by Privy Councillors, is divided into two parts. In Part I, the Privy Council, without The King present, will proclaim the Sovereign, and formally approve various consequential Orders, including the arrangements for the Proclamation.
“Part II, is the holding by The King of His Majesty’s first Privy Council. The King will make his Declaration and read and sign an oath to uphold the security of the Church in Scotland and approve Orders in Council which facilitate continuity of government.
“The Accession Council will be followed by the Principal Proclamation, which will be read at 11.00hrs from the balcony overlooking Friary Court at St James’s Palace. The Proclamation will be read by Garter King of Arms, accompanied by the Earl Marshal, other Officers of Arms and the Serjeants at Arms. This is the first public reading of the Proclamation.”