74-year-old Charles is the new king of Great Britain

74-year-old Charles is the new king of Great Britain

After the death of Queen Elizabeth II, her son the Prince of Wales is now the new king of Great Britain, CNN reported.

After ascending to the throne, Charles has the option to change his name, as have many kings and queens before. For example, his grandfather King George VI’s real name was actually Albert.

Charles had already taken on some of his mother’s commitments this year when her health began to decline. This year, for the first time, she did not attend the opening of the Parliament in England, the commitment was taken by him.

King Charles and his wife Camilla will be staying at Balmoral tonight. They are expected to return to London tomorrow.

In the first 24 hours after his mother’s death, Charles will be officially proclaimed king. This is to take place at St James’s Palace in London, before a ceremonial body known as the Council of Accession.

More than 700 people are theoretically allowed to attend, but given the short notice, the actual number is likely to be much lower. The last Accession Council in 1952 was attended by about 200 people.

The king traditionally does not attend.

Later, the accession council meets again – usually a day later – and this time the king is present.

There is no “swearing in” at the start of a British monarch’s reign, in the style of some other heads of state, such as the US president. But there is a declaration made by the new king – in keeping with a tradition dating back to the early 18th century.

A public proclamation would then be made announcing Charles as the new king. This will be done from a balcony at St. James’s Palace, by a British official.

He will call out: “God save the king”, for the first time since 1952.

Cannon salutes will be heard from Hyde Park, the Tower of London and from naval ships, and the proclamation declaring Charles King will be read in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast.

The symbolic climax will be the coronation, when Charles will be formally crowned. Because of the preparations required, it is unlikely to happen very soon after Charles’s accession. Queen Elizabeth succeeded to the throne in February 1952 but was not crowned until June 1953.

Translation: Maria Nishanjieva

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