King Charles III will be officially proclaimed this evening at St James’s Palace, but it’s not as simple as naming him the new King.
Here is the sequence of events which were published by the Royal Household yesterday:
His Majesty The King will be proclaimed at the Accession Council at 10.00hrs (Saturday 7pm AEST) 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 of him 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 (8pm AEST) 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.
As is convention, a second Proclamation will be read in the City of London, at the Royal Exchange at 12.00hrs (9pm AEST) on the same day Saturday 10th September. Further Proclamations will be read in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales at 12.00hrs the following day Sunday 11th September.
In recognition of the new Sovereign, flags will be flown at full-mast from the time of the Principal Proclamation at St James’s Palace until one hour after the Proclamations in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, after which flags will return to half-mast in mourning for the death of Her Majesty The Queen.