LONDON — Prime Minister Liz Truss and senior government officials have taken the oath of loyalty to King Charles III in the House of Commons.
Commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle was the first to pledge “true allegiance to his majesty King Charles, his heirs and successors”, followed by senior lawmakers and the prime minister.
All legislators swear allegiance to the monarch after their election. Taking a new vow when the monarch changes is not a legal requirement, but the 650 lawmakers will have the option to take the oath again in the coming days if they wish.
Normal parliamentary business was suspended during a period of mourning for the Queen. The House of Commons is holding a rare Saturday sitting so lawmakers can pay their respects to the late monarch.
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A royal official has publicly proclaimed King Charles III the new British monarch during a ceremony at St. James’s Palace.
David White, the Garter King of Arms, read the proclamation from a balcony at the Royal Residence in London, flanked by trumpeters in gold-trimmed robes.
Gun salutes rang out in Hyde Park, the Tower of London and at military sites across the UK at the time of the proclamation.
Scarlet-robed soldiers in the palace courtyard presented arms and removed their bearskin hats in a royal salute.
LONDON — King Charles III has declared the day of his mother’s funeral to be a public holiday.
Charles endorsed the decision at his official membership ceremony on Saturday.
The date of Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral has not been announced, but is expected to be around September 19.
It will be the second additional public holiday for Britons this year – a public holiday was declared in early June to celebrate Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee, 70 years on the throne.
LONDON — King Charles III was officially proclaimed Britain’s monarch on Saturday, in a ceremony steeped in ancient tradition and political symbolism — and, for the first time, broadcast live.
Charles automatically became king when his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, died on Thursday, but Saturday’s accession ceremony is a key constitutional and ceremonial step in introducing the new monarch to the country.
The ceremony at St. James’s Palace, a royal residence in London, is attended by the Membership Council, made up of senior politicians and civil servants who advise the monarch. They met without Charles, officially confirming his title, King Charles III. The king will then join them in making a series of oaths and declarations.
It is the first time the ceremony has been held since 1952, when Queen Elizabeth II ascended the throne.
This story was originally published September 10, 2022 5:26 a.m.