The demise of Queen Elizabeth II was announced on 8 September 2022, at 96 years old years. She succeeded the Throne as a Queen in 1952, and in the wake of reigning in the United Kingdom for 70 years, the Throne is being taken over by her oldest child, Prince Charles, now known as King Charles III.
While the Royal family is profoundly affected by the death of the Queen, proceeding with the rule, their heritage, and the crowning ceremony of the new Monarch appear to be basically imperative.
King Charles III, in the interest of his family, said that they are significantly grieving the loss of his mom and are ameliorated by the fact that Her Majesty, the Queen is generally respected and loved. Nonetheless, what much be done for a smooth accession to the Throne is mandatory.
Now 73 year old King Charles III takes over the throne of the UK.
Let’s now dig into everything you want to be aware of the new King Charles III.
With respect to an old law rule of The British monarchy, Prince Charles automatically became the King after the death of Queen Elizabeth II since he was her eldest son and the next heir to the Throne. Thus, Prince Charles is now the King of the UK.
Despite the fact that Prince Charles is expected to assume control over the Monarch after the passing of Her Majesty The Queen (according to convention), the crowning ritual service won’t happen right away.
Most ceremonies will revolve around Queen Elizabeth II across the next ten days. However, the foremost crucial step is to meet the Accession Council (which happens the very next day of the death of the reigning King or Queen, as seen in history) as the council will formally proclaim Charles as the King.
Furthermore, Prime Minister Liz Truss publicly announced that the Crown is passed to their new Monarch and the new head of the state: His Majesty King Charles III. Even Clarence House confirmed that his official title will now be King Charles III.
For now, King Charles III will play out every one of the obligations of a blessed King and has acquired every one of the honors, but he won’t be freely wearing the Crown until his official royal coronation.
The Accession Council
The Accession Council comprises senior officials that assemble only when a monarch dies. Its sole role is to confirm the accession formally, which means the event of proclaiming a new sovereign who will succeed the Throne.
This council consists of officials from the Privy Council (including the Lord Mayor, judges, senior Cabinet ministers, great officers of state, leaders of the Church of England, and even senior civil servants) who assemble for the meeting at the St James’ Palace.
Although King Charles III has officially been declared as the new Monarch of the United Kingdom by the Accession Council, multiple formalities will take place before and after Charles ascends to the Throne. And any of this will not happen for a few months.
As per historical records, the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II took place 16 months after her official accession to the Throne.
It is said that the crowning ceremony by and large requires a whole year, keeping in respect the grieving time of the Royal family. Thus, at this point, anything certain can’t be said about the time and date of King Charles III’s crowning coronation. The only sure thing we know is that the coronation will (most probably) take place at Westminster Abbey, where William the Conqueror was crowned 900 years ago.
The Coronation Ceremony:
The King’s coronation is generally a lengthy ceremony that has existed throughout the Royal generation for over 1000 years and has been taking place in Westminster Abbey in London for the last 900 years.
A comparable Royal function will be held for King Charles III, wherein he will make the stately royal celebration vow prior to being delegated with St. Edward’s crown (a copy) by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
As a matter of fact, King Charles III took an oath before the Privy Council and the whole Accession Council to preserve the Church of Scotland before the Council declared him as the new Monarch of the United Kingdom.
As per the law rule of The British, the firstborn son of the reigning King or Queen (Queen Elizabeth II in this case) is the true heir to the Throne. Here, Prince Charles was always the rightful heir. His previous title, the Prince of Wales, will ceremonially be granted to whoever will be next in the Royal bloodline, which, as we know, is Prince William.
King Charles III has officially proclaimed the Throne, so now the official British Royal line of succession to the Royal Throne has (ever so slightly) shifted.
Prince William, Charles’ eldest son, is now the first in the Royal bloodline to the Throne of the UK. His three children, Princess Charlotte, Prince George, and Prince Louis are directly in line behind him.
Prince Harry, Charles’ second son, is now fifth in line to the Throne of the UK. His two children, Lilibet Diana Mountbatten Windsor and Archie Harrison Mountbatten Windsor are directly in line behind him.