EStage after stage, with the greatest solemnity and respect to the millimeter of protocol and tradition, Charles III installed himself as Head of State. The ceremony took place at St. James’s Palace in the presence of new Queen Consort Camilla, new heir to the throne William, Prime Minister Liz Truss and several of her predecessors.
Friday evening, for the first time in 70 years, the British anthem “God save the King” (May God save the king) was sung in its male version at St Paul’s Cathedral in London, at the end of a service monk in homage to Elizabeth II. It replaces “God save the Queen”, the anthem since the accession to the throne of the late sovereign in 1952.
Earlier, from Buckingham Palace, Charles III delivered his first televised address as sovereign, a recorded address in which he paid a moving tribute to Elizabeth II, his ” Dear Mum “, who died at age 96 after a reign of 70 years and 7 months. He called Elizabeth II a“inspiration and example” for him and his family.
He promised to serve the British all his life, as his mother Elizabeth II had done from her 21st birthday. “As the Queen had done with unwavering devotion, I too solemnly pledge myself now, throughout the remaining time God grants me, to uphold the constitutional principles which are at the heart of our nation.”he said, in a sober and confident tone.
Charles III ascends to the throne in a difficult period, the United Kingdom facing the worst economic crisis in 40 years, while four Prime Ministers have succeeded in six years.
At 73, he is the oldest British monarch at the start of his reign. Charles III is infinitely less popular than his mother, who knew how to maintain the prestige of the monarchy, giving no interviews and keeping her opinions to herself.
But the new king received a standing ovation when he arrived in Buckingham on Friday afternoon, on his return from Scotland. Accompanied by his wife Camilla, who became queen consort, he shook hands with dozens of people pressed against barriers in front of the Palace.