King Charles III is to be proclaimed on Saturday by an Accession Council. Charles is already king since he automatically became so on the death of his mother. But the Accession Council serves the ceremonial purpose of officially announcing the name of the new monarch. Breaking with tradition, for the first time the Membership Council will be televised.
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Here is your 10-point guide to the accession of King Charles III:
- The Accession Council takes place within 24 hours of the Sovereign’s death but slightly more time has passed since Queen Elizabeth’s death on Thursday.
- The council is made up of members of the Privy Council (a group of senior politicians who formally advise the monarch), the Lord Mayor of the City of London and senior judges and civil servants, the BBC reported.
- The Membership Council is divided into two parts.
- King Charles III will only be present for the second part.
- In the first part, the Lord President will announce the death of the monarch. She will then ask the clerk of the council to read the membership proclamation, which confirms the name of the new monarch.
- The proclamation is then signed by members of the Royal Family, the Prime Minister, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Lord Chancellor and Earl Marshall – the Duke of Norfolk, the BBC noted.
- The proclamation will then be read from a balcony above the convent courtyard at St James’s Palace by the King of Arms of the Garter.
- The proclamation will also be read in Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh, as well as other places in the UK.
- The second part of the Accession Council is the first meeting of the Privy Council held by King Charles III.
- The coronation of King Charles III could still take time.
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