Prince Charles is now King Charles III, here's when he will wear the crown
LONDON, ENGLAND: The longest reigning monarch in modern history, Queen Elizabeth II, has passed away today, September 8, at the age of 96. She was suffering from ill health and mobility issues for some time now. The Queen passed away at her Balmoral residence with her family by her bedside. The tragic news came hours after Buckingham Palace released a statement earlier on September 8 that said that the Queen had been "under medical supervision" at Balmoral after royal doctors expressed concerns about her health. Charles III, after being the longest-serving Prince of Wales, is officially the new King of England.
The official website for the Royal Family reads, "The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow." Queen Elizabeth's oldest child Charles Philip Arthur George, 73, was directly named the new King upon her death while his wife Camilla has become the Queen Consort. However, a coronation that is traditionally held at Westminster Abbey will be planned later to officially crown the new king. In recent times, the King had stepped up and was taking on more royal responsibilities after the late Queen declined several public engagements due to health and mobility issues.
The Queen, during the formal opening of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at Buckingham Palace, had publicly backed King Charles to take on the role. She said, "It is my sincere wish that the Commonwealth will continue to offer stability and continuity for future generations and will decide that one day the Prince of Wales should carry on the important work started by my father in 1949." She continued, "By continuing to treasure and reinvigorate our associations and activities, I believe we will secure a safer, more prosperous, and sustainable world for those who follow us: a world where the Commonwealth’s generosity of spirit can bring its gentle touch of healing and hope to all."
Here's when King Charles III will 'officially' wear the crown
The former Prince of Wales became king as soon as the Queen passed away, and is now King Charles III. The King issued a heartfelt statement on the death of his late mother which read, "The death of my beloved mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness and all members of my family. We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much-loved Mother. The statement was titled, "A Statement From His Majesty The King."
A statement from His Majesty The King: pic.twitter.com/AnBiyZCher— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) September 8, 2022
Charles will be officially proclaimed King at St James's Palace in London, in front of a ceremonial body known as the Accession Council. This council is made up of members of the Privy Council who are a group of senior MPs, past and present, peers, as well as some senior civil servants, Commonwealth high commissioners, and the Lord Mayor of London. Traditionally, the King does not attend the ceremony. At the meeting, the death of the Queen will be announced by Penny Mordaunt MP, the Lord President of the Privy Council, and a proclamation will be read aloud.
After a series of prayers and pledges, commending the previous monarch and pledging support for the new one, the proclamation is signed a number of senior figures including the prime minister, the Archbishop of Canterbury, and the Lord Chancellor. King Charles III will then take the coronation oath in front of the world who will then receive the orb and scepter as symbols of his new role and the Archbishop of Canterbury will place the solid gold crown on his head.