Prince Charles will be proclaimed King of Great Britain.

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With the passing of Queen Elizabeth II at the age of 96, the UK will experience a turbulent 10 days that will see a queen buried, a country mourn its longest-reigning monarch, and a new king crowned.

In a process that dates back hundreds of years, Charles, the eldest of Elizabeth’s four children, will be formally crowned king in a few hours. He is the oldest monarch in British history, having reached the age of 73.

 

As the nation begins a time of national mourning, flags are already flying at half-mast. Politics as usual will be put on hold as tributes arrive from all across the world. Prior to the Queen’s state burial, which will be observed by a holiday, her casket will be positioned in Westminster Hall in London.

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For a nation used to having the same monarch in power for more than 70 years, or longer than 85% of the population has been alive, the upcoming two weeks will come as a shock. Charles will now be in charge of the nearly unchangeable institution of the monarchy in a nation that has undergone a radical transformation since his mother’s ascension. As Scotland pushes for independence, his kingdom may split up, and after Britain leaves the European Union, its role in the world is uncertain.

 

How is a new monarch chosen?

As soon as Charles’ mother passed away, he was legally proclaimed king. The so-called Accession Council, which is often constituted within 24 hours after a sovereign’s passing, will grant official recognition.

 

The Privy Council, historically the most dependable advisors to the sovereign, is represented in the group. The prime minister is also expected to attend the meeting at St. James’s Palace if she is in or near London. Additionally participating will be representatives from the Commonwealth, a collection of countries primarily made up of former British Empire members, as well as the City of London, the capital’s primary financial area.

 

The Anglo-Saxon “Witan,” or company of wise men, who would counsel the monarch and monitor the succession, are said to be the ancestors of the Privy Council, whose members today include politicians, aristocrats, and clergy.

 

The courtier in charge, known as the Garter King of Arms, will make a speech from the Proclamation Gallery overlooking Friary Court in the palace after the meeting to announce the new monarch. In a custom that predates contemporary communications, the address is then repeated in towns and cities all around the country. The Queen is dead, so prepare to hear that. King is still alive.

 

Additionally, it is usual for the new sovereign to make a memorable statement that is later legally published in the London Gazette, the government’s official record.

 

Will he be referred to as King Charles?

Yes. King Charles III will be the title given to the newly crowned monarch, his office announced.

 

Upon ascending to the throne, British monarchs are permitted to select a new name — Although he was known as David to his family and friends, King Edward VIII selected the name Edward as his regnal title. There were rumors that Charles would select a different name. A former King Charles was executed in 1649 when Oliver Cromwell briefly declared England a republic.

 

Will he make his wife the queen?

The popularity of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Charles’ second wife, has increased as Britain has moved on after the premature death of Diana, Princess of Wales in a car accident in 1997.

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As a thank you for her support of Charles and her job as a working royal, Queen Elizabeth gave the order that her daughter-in-law would be referred to as Queen Camilla starting in 2022.

 

What occurs when the country is in mourning?

Except on the day Charles is proclaimed king, flags on public structures will fly at half-staff, and British embassies across the world will open condolence books. Although shops will continue to be open and the general people still expected to show up for work.

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The heart of the Houses of Parliament and where the Queen’s body will lie in state is Westminster Hall, built in the eleventh century. The military will stand watch over her casket when it is placed atop a catafalque. Prince William, the heir apparent and eldest son of Charles, is anticipated to join other members of the royal family in keeping vigil, much as they did in 2002 when Queen Elizabeth’s mother lay in state. The general public will also be permitted to pass through and offer their respects.

 

Attendees at the state funeral who?

Just feet away from where the queen will be laying in state, presidents and royalty from all around the world are set to attend the service in Westminster Abbey.

 

If it occurs during the workweek, it will be recognized as a national holiday, and the London Stock Exchange will be closed.

 

When will Charles be installed as monarch?

His coronation won’t take place quickly. Only once the period of national grief has ended will planning start in earnest. Between his mother’s accession to the throne and her coronation in 1953, about 16 months passed. Charles, though, is unlikely to wait that long given his advanced age and the lowered level of public respect for the organization.

 

Leaders from all across the world will attend the Coronation at Westminster Abbey, a great ceremonial occasion. One of the first national events to be shown on television, even in grainy black and white, was his mother’s funeral, which attracted millions of viewers.

 

The purpose of the service is to introduce the monarch to his subjects and emphasize how the monarch’s power comes from God. Charles will be anointed with oil during the ceremony and take the Coronation Oath, pledging to rule justly, in accordance with the law, and to defend Protestantism.

 

Although Charles will by default be the leader of the Church of England, the service is expected to include members of other Christian denominations and other religions, breaking with tradition.

 

Don’t anticipate the service to be overrun by members of the House of Lords, breaking yet another precedent. A holdover from the days when aristocracy paid tribute to the king, tiered stands had to be constructed for as many nobles as could fit in the old edifice for his mother’s coronation. In 1999, almost all hereditary peers were kicked out of the upper house.

 

What authority will King Charles have?

Charles’s position is essentially ceremonial and severely circumscribed. He will have to maintain his impartiality in politics, which could be difficult for a man who has previously been outspoken on everything from environmental protection to the flaws in modernist architecture.

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