A council of high-ranking dignitaries, known as the Ascension Council, officially proclaimed Charles III this Saturday as the new monarch of the United Kingdom in succession to his mother, Elizabeth II, who died on Thursday at the age of 96.
In a solemn televised ceremony from London’s St James’s Palace in the presence of the entire political class, the current Prime Minister Liz Truss and her predecessors, Prince William and Queen Camilla, the council signed and announced the proclamation of the new king .
“Prince Charles Felipe Arturo Jorge now becomes, due to the death of our sovereign lady of happy memory, our King Charles III. God save the king!” The council proclaimed before the monarch himself was called to the living room.
“My mother’s reign was unmatched for its duration, dedication and devotion. I am deeply aware of this great heritage and the duties and heavy responsibilities of sovereignty, which is now transmitted to me,” said the new monarch.
Following a carefully crafted protocol long overdue, the late queen’s 73-year-old son slowly settles into the head of state and into the hearts of the British people.
No British sovereign has waited so long to ascend the throne and Charles III will have to wait a little longer for his coronation ceremony, on whose date he still does not think of anyone: his own mother waited more than a year after becoming queen.
After the enormous popularity of Elizabeth II, the rise of Charles III, less appreciated by public opinion, opens a delicate period for a monarchy that faces multiple challenges, from the desire to distance itself from some Commonwealth countries to criticism of its past colonial and slave