Charles To Be Proclaimed New Monarch Tomorrow, Speech Soon: 10 Points

King Charles III became monarch immediately after the death of his mother.

King Charles III will make his first address today at 10:30 pm IST as Britain mourns the death of its longest-reigning monarch Queen Elizabeth II who died on Thursday at the age of 96. He will officially succeed as the new monarch tomorrow.

Here are top 10 updates in this big story:

  1. The inaugural address of King Charles III, set to be pre-recorded, were not immediately released by the palace, but are part of 10 days of detailed pre-prepared plans honed over decades.

  2. House of Commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle said a special session of the House, called to pay tribute to Elizabeth II, would be suspended “while his Majesty the King makes his broadcast to the nation”.

  3. Following the Queen’s death, her son Charles will succeed as the new monarch. King Charles III will officially be proclaimed as Britain’s new Monarch tomorrow morning at a meeting of the Accession Council, Buckingham Palace said.

  4. The formal body overseeing the succession from Queen Elizabeth II will meet from 2:30 pm IST, with a first public pronouncement from a balcony of St James’s Palace in London at 4:30 pm IST.

  5. An Accession Council is convened as soon as possible, usually within 24 hours and held at St James’s Palace, the official residence of the sovereign, to proclaim the successor.

  6. Following the announcement of the Queen’s ill health, Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, who were already staying on the Balmoral estate, had arrived at Balmoral Castle.

  7. It is believed that the queen’s daughter, Princess Anne also reached Balmoral Castle, but other family members, however, couldn’t be by the Queen’s side as it was too late as she died on Thursday afternoon.

  8. The British government declared a period of mourning for Queen Elizabeth, and a ceremonial 96-gun salute was fired in her memory.

  9. The 96 shots – one for every year of her life – were fired from Hyde Park and the Tower of London in the capital, Edinburgh Castle in Scotland, Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland and Cardiff Castle in Wales, as well as the Channel Islands and Gibraltar.

  10. The state funeral is expected to take place in Westminster Abbey with huge crowds gathering in central London on September 19. The queen’s coffin will be taken to Windsor Castle for a televised committal service at St George’s Chapel.

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