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Prince Charles became king immediately after the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.
King Charles III made his first statement as monarch half an hour after the Queen’s death.
However, over the next few days, statements and announcements will still need to be made to formalize his accession – and the first of these is about to happen.
How does joining happen?
As outlined by the British Privy Council, an accession is an event in which a new monarch — in this case Charles — succeeds after the death of his predecessor.
That’s where joining a committee comes in.
The committee includes advisers to the Privy Council – basically advisers to the monarch – as well as the High Commissioner, senior civil servants, the Mayor of London and other figures.
Meetings are usually held at St James’s Palace in London.
The Privy Council has yet to announce an official time for the committee meeting, but has sent out email invitations to those called.
What will happen at St James’s Palace?
The proclamation of Charles as King will take place at the State Apartments at St James’s Palace in London tonight at 9pm (NZ time).
About 700 people will be invited to attend the ceremony.
However, given the short notice period, this number is likely to be much lower.
Fewer than 200 people attended the ceremony of Queen Elizabeth II on February 8, 1952.
Privy Council Speaker Penny Mordout is also the leader of the House of Commons.
At the start of the meeting, she will announce the death of Queen Elizabeth II and call on parliamentary secretaries to read the proclamation aloud.
The proclamation was then signed by senior figures including the current royal family, the UK prime minister and the archbishops of Canterbury and York.
The announcement will then be read from the balcony above the Abbey at St James’s Palace by the Armouries of the Garter (now David White).
He will be accompanied by field marshals and other officials in traditional heraldic clothing.
The announcement will be accompanied by a salute.
The Herald will travel to Mansion House in the City of London to read the announcement at the Royal Exchange.
The announcement will also be read publicly in Edinburgh, Belfast and Cardiff.
In New Zealand, an announcement ceremony will take place tomorrow at 12.30pm at the Parliament grounds.
King Charles III is expected to attend his first Privy Council meeting as monarch.
As he entered the room, he proceeded to address King Charles’ personal statement about the Queen’s death.
Next, he will take an oath to unite the churches of England and Scotland, known as the Declaration of Accession – a tradition since King George I in 1714.
The second ritual does not always follow the first part.
In the early hours of February 6, 1952, following the death of King George VI, the first part of Queen Elizabeth II’s Accession Commission took place at 5pm on the same day.
The second part had to wait until the Queen returned from Kenya in two days.
What about the coronation of Charles III?
Charles’ coronation could be more than a year away.
The coronation is the formal ceremony in which Charles will be crowned king himself.
Traditionally, coronations are held in Westminster Abbey.
On June 2, 1953, 16 months after her father’s death, Queen Elizabeth II was crowned.
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