CHARLES was officially proclaimed king yesterday in a centuries-old ceremony – showing how long his mother had reigned.
The Council of Accession performed the ritual, but no one who attended its last meeting in 1952 to place the Queen on the throne is alive today.
The ceremony has been kept secret for more than 400 years.
But the pomp was revealed in intriguing detail on live television.
The Accession Council was first established in 1603 when Elizabeth I died childless.
Since then, she has met just 21 times — and always in private — to formally proclaim a new sovereign.
70 years ago, the Privy Councilors – the monarch’s highest advisors – only included so-called “Principal Gentlemen of Quality”. There were no women among them.
All six former prime ministers who are still alive were yesterday joined by archbishops, imperial lords and numerous other high-ranking dignitaries.
They gathered in the Picture Gallery at St James’s Palace – as the sombre ceremony began at 10am sharp before concluding in the throne room.
Shortly after the members chanted “God save the King,” His Majesty signed the official oath to Charles R. from a silver inkwell touchingly gifted to him by his sons, Princes William and Harry.
Television historian Professor Kate Williams said: “We were given a front row seat to history.
“These may seem like archaic formalities, but they are extremely important. And seeing it for the first time is very special.
“What a historic moment. Nobody has ever seen this before – unless they were actually in the room.
“This was a meeting of different eras – ancient and modern.
“The archaic words of the proclamation were heard and then broadcast on rolling news channels and across social media.”
Traditionally, all members of the Privy Council are invited to the accession ceremony.
But their number grew from 175 to over 700 during the reign of Queen Elizabeth.
After a review, a letter was sent to all members in early 2022, informing them that attendance had been scaled back significantly – and that their attendance was far from guaranteed.
Only 200 were invited, with priority given to current Cabinet ministers, former Prime Ministers and senior judges, and the Archbishops of Canterbury and York.
Others had to register for one of the remaining 50 seats.
Ex-PMs Boris Johnson, Theresa May, David Cameron, Gordon Brown, Tony Blair and John Major took center stage, standing side by side in the front row.
Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer was also among the dignitaries – but his hard-left Republican predecessor Jeremy Corbyn was invited but did not attend.
Newly appointed Business Secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg left the event in a top hat.
Those present watched intently as the Queen Consort and then Prince William followed Liz Truss into the Picture Gallery.
Penny Mordaunt, who was appointed leader of the House of Commons when Mrs Truss became Prime Minister just last week, also inherited the role of Lord President of the Council.
However, due to her ill health, the Queen was unable to formalize the appointment in the Privy Council – raising a constitutional conundrum.
As a result, Miss Mordaunt began the meeting as Lord President-in-Office.
As is tradition, she opened the meeting by saying, “Gentlemen, It is my sad duty to inform you that her most gracious Queen Elizabeth II passed away on Thursday 8 September 2022 at Balmoral Castle.”
Prince William and the Queen Consort watched a few feet away as the meeting progressed, as tradition dictates, initially without the King.
They were joined by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Lord Chancellor, the Archbishop of York, the Prime Minister, the Lord Privy Seal, the Lord Great Chamberlain and the Earl Marshal.
Miss Mordaunt handed over to the clerk, who read the proclamation aloud.
During the 40-minute ceremony, the king vowed to be a “defender of the faith” and to honor “every faith”.
The Garter Principal King of Arms, David White, appeared on the balcony above Friary Court at St James’s Palace and shouted the 197-word proclamation.
He ended with a shout of “God save the King”. It was repeated by the assembled royalty, including the Duke of Kent, 86, along with household staff and the public as the state trumpeters sounded the royal salute.
Applause and cheers erupted outside St James’s Palace before thousands sang the chorus of the national anthem and cheered the new monarch three times.
VIP treat in heat
It was cold outside and there was a threat of rain. But it was stiflingly hot in the throne room of St. James’s Palace.
Six former prime ministers, revered politicians, archbishops and aristocrats jostle for position to see Charles III. was proclaimed king.
They were the lucky 200 Privy Councilors – down from 700 – to be in the room.
One of those present, former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith, said: “It’s remarkable to be part of history. Some may think that all these rituals and ceremonies are archaic.
“There are a lot of important people in this room, but they weren’t important this morning. We all swore allegiance only to the king.”
Lib Dem leader Sir Ed Davey wept when Charles III. was proclaimed king.
He said: “You could hear a pin drop. There was a sense of history there.
“I thought about my own family, my grandfather who fought in the war and what the royal family meant to them.
Former Tory Secretary Theresa Villiers added: “It has been one of the greatest privileges of my life. But I was afraid someone would pass out in the hot room – possibly me.”
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6194048/ancient-chamber-royal-secrets-charles-proclaimed-king/ Within a historic ceremony where Charles was proclaimed king after being shrouded in secrecy for over 400 years