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King Charles speech in full as new monach formally proclaimed

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Charles was proclaimed to the nation as new head of state during a meeting of the Accession Council attended by privy councillors at St James’s Palace in London televised for the first time.

Making his declaration, the King said: “My Lords, Ladies, and Gentlemen. It is my most sorrowful duty to announce to you the death of my beloved mother, The Queen.

“I know how deeply you, the entire nation – and I think I may say the whole world – sympathise with me in the irreparable loss we have all suffered.

“It is the greatest consolation to me to know of the sympathy expressed by so many to my sister and brothers and that such overwhelming affection and support should be extended to our whole family in our loss.

“To all of us as a family, as to this kingdom and the wider family of nations of which it is a part, my mother gave an example of lifelong love and of selfless service.”

Paying tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, who died peacefully aged 96 at Balmoral on Thursday, Charles continued: “My mother’s reign was unequalled in its duration, its dedication and its devotion. Even as we grieve, we give thanks for this most faithful life.

“I am deeply aware of this great inheritance and of the duties and heavy responsibilities of sovereignty which have now passed to me.

“In taking up these responsibilities, I shall strive to follow the inspiring example I have been set in upholding constitutional government and to seek the peace, harmony and prosperity of the peoples of these Islands and of the Commonwealth realms and territories throughout the world.

“In this purpose, I know that I shall be upheld by the affection and loyalty of the peoples whose sovereign I have been called upon to be, and that in the discharge of these duties I will be guided by the counsel of their elected parliaments.”

Referring to Camilla, who is now Queen Consort, Charles continued: “In all this, I am profoundly encouraged by the constant support of my beloved wife.

“I take this opportunity to confirm my willingness and intention to continue the tradition of surrendering the hereditary revenues, including the Crown Estate, to My Government for the benefit of all, in return for the Sovereign Grant, which supports My official duties as Head of State and Head of Nation.

“And in carrying out the heavy task that has been laid upon me, and to which I now dedicate what remains to me of my life, I pray for the guidance and help of Almighty God.”

Charles’s role as King and the name he will use was confirmed during a meeting of the Accession Council.

Following tradition, the new King was missing from proceedings and did not witness senior figures from national life including Camilla, Prince William who is the new Prince of Wales and Prime Minister Liz Truss taking part in the ceremony.

Broadcast cameras were allowed into the historic event giving the world a first glimpse of an ancient ceremony dating back centuries – and one of the first changes to convention instigated by the new King.

More than 200 privy councillors – a group of mostly senior politicians past and present, some members of the monarchy and other national figures – were present to hear the Clerk of the Council read the Accession Proclamation.

The new monarch became King the moment his mother died, but an Accession Council must be convened following the death of a sovereign – usually within 24 hours.

Applause and cheers of “God save the King” broke out outside St James’s Palace after the accession proclamation.

A thousand-strong crowd then sang the chorus of the national anthem and gave three cheers for the new King.

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