The King takes an oath to maintain and preserve the Church of Scotland.
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— Royal Central (@RoyalCentral) September 10, 2022
In what was his first official act, the new British monarch was formally proclaimed King Charles III in a ceremony that was televised for the first time in history.
At 10am BST, the Accession Council met in the Picture Gallery at St James’s Palace, before moving to the Throne Room where the new King attended to make his official statement.
Also in attendance were his queen consort Camilla and her son William, now Prince of Wales. The King made the declaration of him fulfilling all the responsibilities as King of Great Britain and the North of England, as well as accommodating the separate laws in Scotland.
The King said in his speech: “I will endeavor to follow the inspiring example given to me.”
Charles delivered his speech from a lectern, before sitting down at a desk to sign the documents that officially declared him king. The Prince of Wales and the Queen Consort then signed the documents as witnesses.
The flags lowered to half-staff in tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth would be raised again almost immediately, in honor of the new king.
The ceremony was attended by the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Liz Truss, who met the late Queen on Tuesday, in what turned out to be the monarch’s last public duty before her death on Thursday.