Charles III proclaimed as king

‘She was my boss’

A veteran of Britain’s Royal Air Force told NBC News that Queen Elizabeth II “was my boss.”

Terry Stelling, 86, who served in Berlin and elsewhere in Europe said he “swore a covenant to the queen when I volunteered.”

He added that “all the guys I served with have got the most respect for the queen.”

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Traditional language used as Charles III proclaimed king

David Vines White, the Garter Principle King of Arms, used very traditional language when he made the public proclamation about Britain’s new king.

“Prince Charles Philip Arthur George is now by the death of our late sovereign of happy memory become our only lawful and rightful liege lord, Charles III by the grace of god of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of his other realms and territories King, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, to whom we do acknowledge all faith and obedience with humble affection, besieging god by whom kings and queens do reign to bless his majesty with long and happy years to reign over us. God save the King,” he said.

National anthem and cries of ‘God save the king’ outside St. James’s Palace

Applause and cheers of “God save the king” broke out outside St. James’s Palace in London where Charles was officially proclaimed the new monarch.

Those gathered then gave three cheers for the new king before standing and listening to a gun salute in the distance.

Others sang the national anthem which changed from “God Save the Queen” to “God Save the King,” after the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Garter King of Arms proclaims Britain’s new king

David Vines White, the Garter Principle King of Arms, reads the proclamation of Britain’s new king from the Friary Court balcony of St. James’s Palace in London on Saturday.Daniel Leal / AFP – Getty Images

Public holiday declared for queen’s funeral

King Charles III declared a public holiday on the day of Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral.

He made the announcement after he was formally proclaimed king. “Even as we grieve, we give thanks for this most faithful life,” he said.

No date has been set for the funeral.

Holding the Commonwealth together

Narinder Jagdev describes himself as a “lifelong monarchist,” crediting Queen Elizabeth II with “holding the Commonwealth together,” a reference to the association of mostly former colonies that the queen led and fostered.

Jagdev added that he hoped King Charles III would do the same.

“She could solve any problem, just like that,” he said, snapping his fingers for emphasis.

Narinder Jagdev.
Narinder Jagdev.Daniel Arkin / NBC News

British prime ministers past gather for proclamation

Former British prime ministers, from left: Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, Boris Johnson, David Cameron, Theresa May and John Major gather ahead of the Accession Council ceremony inside St. James’s Palace.Kirsty O’Connor / AFP – Getty Images

Gun salute honors King Charles III

A gun salute has taken place following the proclamation of Charles as king. Guns were fired at St. James’s Palace in London, where the new monarch was announced at the Accession Council.

Gun salutes also took place across all four nations of the United Kingdom on Friday in tribute to Queen Elizabeth II. Shots were fired 96 times, one for each year of the queen’s life.

Principal proclamation publicly declares Charles the king

On a balcony overlooking Friary Court at London’s St. James’s Palace, the Garter King of Arms, David Vines White, publicly proclaimed Charles the new king after a cacophonous trumpet fanfare.

The national anthem “God Save the King,” was then played and gun salutes were then fired in Hyde Park and the Tower of London to announce the new monarch.

At noon (7 a.m ET) similar proclamations will be made in the City of London — the capital’s ancient Roman core — as well as in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Charles makes first speech after being formally declared king

King Charles III speaks to members of the Accession Council at St. James’s Palace, London, on Saturday.Jonathan Brady / AP

Hundreds descend on Windsor

Hundreds of people have descended on the royal town of Windsor to pay their respects. Many are laying flowers outside the gates along Windsor Great Park.
Hundreds of people have descended on the royal town of Windsor to pay their respects. Many are laying flowers outside the gates along Windsor Great Park.Daniel Arkin / NBC News

Queen helped ‘heal the wounds of conflict,’ defense chief says

Queen Elizabeth II helped to “heal the wounds of conflict” during her reign, the chief of Britain’s defense staff said in a YouTube video address Saturday.

Highlighting her visits to Germany, Japan and Ireland, Adm. Tony Radakin described her as “the most magnificent ambassador for our country.”

“Her Majesty brought together the very different nations of the Commonwealth in a spirit of fellowship,” he said, adding that the queen was admired both by Britain’s allies and adversaries.

Joining the Auxiliary Territorial Service during World War II in 1945, Elizabeth was the first member of the royal family to join the armed services full time. As a monarch she was the head of the armed services, with members of the military serving in her name.

Guards on patrol at St James’s Palace

A member of the Coldstream Guards stands on duty in Friary Court outside of St James’s Palace in London on Saturday.Daniel Leal / AFP – Getty Images

A mother and her children pay their respects at Windsor

A mother and her children pay their respects at Windsor.
The town of Windsor, about an hour outside of London, is the site of Windsor Castle and has been home to British monarch since the Norman Conquest in 11th century.Daniel Arkin / NBC News

What is the Accession Council?

The Accession Council is made up of a group of advisers to the monarch that includes the Britain’s Prime Minister Liz Truss, members of her cabinet, religious figures and representatives from the Commonwealth.

It’s role is only ceremonial and its purpose is to officially announce the name of the new monarch.

The Accession Council was divided into two parts. First Queen Elizabeth II was declared dead and the name of the new king is read out from a balcony in London, Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh.

The second part saw King Charles III make a personal declaration about the queen and then he made and signed an oath to serve the constitution and to protect the Church of Scotland.

How the news of the king’s accession will be shared

When the meeting of Accession Council concludes, the College of Arms, a royal corporation dating from 1484, will be responsible for spreading word of the new king throughout the country. The first announcements at St. James’s Palace and the City of London will be accompanied by heralds and royal trumpeters. 

The proclamation will also be read out across England and Wales. The Foreign Office will distribute the text to British embassies, to British overseas territories and dependencies, and nations of the Commonwealth — a collection of mostly former colonies.

On Sunday, the proclamation will be read in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Hillsborough, and marked by the firing of 21-gun royal salute.

King Charles III makes personal declaration on the death of his mother

King Charles III made a personal declaration on the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth II.

“I know how deeply you and the entire nation, and I think I may say the whole world, sympathise with me in this irreparable loss we have all suffered,” he told a the Accession Council where he was being formally declared as King.

“Her reign was unequalled in its duration, its dedication and its devotion. Even as we grieve, we give thanks for this most faithful life,” he added.

Lawmakers gather ahead of Charles’ proclamation

Members of the privy council gather in the Throne Room for stage two of the Accession Council at St James's Palace in London/
Members of the privy council gather in the Throne Room for stage two of the Accession Council at St James’s Palace in London/Jonathan Brady / AP

Crowds gather to witness Charles proclaimed king

Crowds are gathering outside St James Palace in London to witness Charles proclaimed king. Among the first to line up in the viewing area outside were Astrid Jacobs, Virginia Forbes and Penny McDermid.

“It’s a very traditional part of what happens next. A lot of people don’t actually know about it,” said Jacobs, a Cambridge resident who arrived in London shortly after the queen’s death. 

“It’s a mixed time I find, emotionally,” she added. “You’re trying to reconcile the future with the pain that you’re feeling at her loss. I wasn’t prepared.” 

Forbes, also a Cambridge resident, said she is inspired by the international outpouring of love and support for the queen. 

“It’s extraordinary in this age of cynicism and social media what’s come out,” she said.

Charles proclaimed King

Britain’s new monarch Charles III has been formally proclaimed as King during a historic ceremony televised for the first time.

Charles’s role as King and the name he will use was confirmed during a meeting of the Accession Council at St James’s Palace in London.

Senior figures from national life including Camilla, Queen Consort, his son William, the new Prince of Wales and Prime Minister Liz Truss took part in the ceremony.

Accession Council meets to proclaim Charles king

Members of the privy council — a group of advisers to the crown including the London Lord Mayor, high ranking civil servants, politicians and members of Britain’s House of Lords — are meeting in the State Apartments of St James’s Palace to formally approve Charles as the U.K.’s new king.

It is an international gathering, with commonwealth commissioners also flying in to join. Yet, breaking from tradition, not every member of the privy council has been invited to participate in the ceremony. Election to the council is a life role, and there are more than 700 members. Only 200 members will be in attendance due to space restrictions.

The council will approve Charles as sovereign first without his presence, with the new king waiting in an adjoining room. Then, he will join them to make a declaration on the death of Queen Elizabeth II, and swear to uphold the church in Scotland.

The ceremony, which is traditionally conducted in private one hour prior to the Principal Proclamation — the first time a new monarch is announced public — is being broadcast live on national television for the first time.

Floral tributes mount up in London’s Green Park

People lay flowers for Queen Elizabeth II at Green Park, near Buckingham Palace in London on Saturday.Felipe Dana / AP

Saturday will be a day of mourning and of ascension

On Saturday, Queen Elizabeth II’s body will be moved to Holyrood, her residence in Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh, as the solemn occasion will give way to the rites of ascension for King Charles III.

Under long-held custom, the king will say an oath and give a speech in London. Not customary: For the first time, the formality known as the Accession Council will be televised.

The king will be hailed by a 41-gun salute at Hyde Park fired by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, and by a 62-gun salute at the Tower of London by the Honourable Artillery Company. 

A Garter King of Arms, a heraldic position in the royal household since 1484, will proclaim Charles the new king from a balcony of St. James’s Palace.

The royal band will then play the first verse of “God Save the King,” and flags will be temporarily raised from half mast. At 73, King Charles III is the oldest person to assume the British throne.

The king was expected to arrive at Holyrood on Sunday.

London’s Tower Bridge illuminated for Queen Elizabeth II

Image: BESTPIX: The Nation Mourns The Death Of Queen Elizabeth II
London’s Tower Bridge was illuminated in royal purple Friday night to pay respect at the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. Eamonn M. McCormack / Getty Images

Soccer legend Pelé reminisces about queen’s visit to Brazil

Soccer legend Pelé on Friday paid tribute to to Queen Elizabeth II by recalling fond memories of her visit to Brazil in 1968.

He said she made a lasting impression when she came to see Brazil’s love for the sport known in both nations as football. Her deeds and legacy, he said, “will last forever.”

As the only player to win three World Cups, Pelé, 81, has been described as the “player of the century,” and “the greatest” to play the sport.

On Friday, he described Elizabeth’s visit as the scene of a lifetime. “I have been a great admirer of Queen Elizabeth II since the first time I saw her in person, in 1968,” he tweeted, “when she came to Brazil to witness our love for football and experienced the magic of a packed Maracanã.”

Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip smile as they give a cup to Pele, right, at a soccer stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Nov. 10, 1968.
Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip smile as they give a cup to Pele, right, at a soccer stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Nov. 10, 1968.AP file

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