HHere’s what’s set to happen today, as Britain prepares for the flags to return at full mast to salute our new King.
10am – King Charles III will be proclaimed at the Accession Council in the State Apartments of St James’s Palace in London.
The event, attended by Privy Councillors, is divided into two parts. In the first part, the Privy Council will proclaim the King and formally approve various consecutive decrees.
The second part is held by His Majesty’s First King’s Privy Council. The King will make his declaration and read and sign an oath to maintain the security of the Church in Scotland and to approve the ordinances of council which facilitate the continuity of government. The King will be accompanied by the Queen Consort and the Prince of Wales as they are both Privy Councillors.
11 a.m. – The Main Proclamation follows next. It will be read from the balcony overlooking Friary Court at St James’s Palace. The proclamation will be read by the Garter King of Arms, accompanied by the Earl Marshal, other Officers-at-Arms and the Sergeants-at-Arms. This will be the first public reading of the proclamation.
Flags will also be flown at full mast from 11 a.m. for around 24 hours, up to an hour after proclamations are issued in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. They will then return at half mast in mourning for the Queen. Gun salutes will also take place in Hyde Park and the Tower of London.
12 p.m. – A second proclamation will be read at the Royal Exchange in London. Further proclamations will be read in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales on Sunday at noon.
Mid afternoon – The King will hold audiences with the Prime Minister and the Cabinet.