On Saturday, trumpets were heard when Charles III was proclaimed king in a tradition that dates back to Anglo-Saxon times.
Days after Queen Elizabeth II’s passing, a historic ceremony was held at St. James’s Palace in London.
In addition, the Accession Council, when Charles, 73, swore his oath, was broadcast on television for the first time, giving the world a glimpse behind the scenes of a previously unrevealed event.
From the balcony of the palace, there was a public announcement and an eight-trumpet fanfare that announced the new king to the people below.
For the ceremony in 2022, tens of thousands of well-wishers gathered in front of the brick-walled castle and cheered when Charles was formally proclaimed king.
Although Charles already held the throne with Elizabeth’s death on Thursday at the age of 96, the pomp-filled ceremony officially recognized his succession before his ultimate coronation.
Kelly Maynard, 48, from Australia, one of the nations that, like Britain, recognizes Charles III as its new head of state, remarked of the occasion, “It’s a moment in history.”
The 200 members of the British Privy Council in attendance were Liz Truss, the prime minister, King Charles’ wife Camilla, the eldest son William, the Archbishop of Canterbury, and every surviving past British prime minister.
The “Commonwealth Realms,” or the 14 nations other than Britain where the queen serves as head of state, were also invited. These nations include Australia, New Zealand, and Canada.
The clerk of the council announced, “Prince Charles Philip Arthur George is now, by the death of our lady sovereign of happy memory, become our King Charles III… God save the king!”
After taking the royal oath, Charles joined them in the palace’s red-and-gold throne room for the second portion of the ceremony.
He hailed his mother’s “example of lifelong love and of selfless service” during a reign spanning seven decades from just after World War II, and said he was “deeply aware” of the “heavy responsibility of sovereignty”.