Britain’s newly appointed King Charles III. returned to London from Scotland on Friday to address the nation for the first time as its monarch.
The 73-year-old former prince – now the sovereign ruler of the British Empire – is expected to deliver his speech around 6pm local time (10am Pacific time) amid Britain’s 10-day period of mourning, the BBC reported.
The speech comes at the end of the nation’s second Elizabethan era and as Britons grapple with an energy crisis, rising costs of living, the aftermath of the war in Ukraine and the aftermath of Brexit, the Associated Press noted.
The address is televised and carried across all major channels and TV networks in the UK, as well as many in the US. BBC One will carry the address on all of its news channels, as well as ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Sky News.
The King’s speech (not to be confused with the Oscar-winning 2010 film) is also likely to be streamed on the royal family’s official social media accounts and YouTube channel, where Charles’ public movements have been streamed throughout the day. Tech giants Facebook and Twitter are also expected to stream the address on their platforms.
After an extended session of Parliament on Friday morning, at which tribute was paid to the late Queen, Lindsay Hoyle, the Speaker of the House of Commons, announced the King’s speech, Variety said. Regular business in Parliament has been suspended and lawmakers will spend two days setting out their memories and reflections on the Queen, according to the Associated Press.
High-ranking lawmakers will also become King Charles III. take an oath to have an audience with Britain’s new Prime Minister, Liz Truss, on Friday. Truss, formerly Britain’s Foreign Secretary, was formally appointed by the Queen on Tuesday.
Buckingham Palace confirmed that Charles will be officially anointed as king at 10am local time (2am Pacific time) on Saturday at St James’s Palace in London. The Accession Council – a ceremonial body made up of former and current senior politicians and High Commissioners from the Commonwealth and others, as well as the Lord Mayor of London – will preside over the ceremony.
The palace on Thursday referred to the former Prince of Wales as “The King” and his wife Camilla as “The Queen Consort”, signaling the succession had already been activated.
A formal coronation at Westminster Abbey will follow, although it remains unclear when. Queen Elizabeth II succeeded her father, King George VI, immediately after his death in February 1953, but her formal – and televised – coronation did not occur until June 1953.
About an hour after it was announced that the Queen had died “peacefully” at her Balmoral estate in Scotland, Charles made his first public statement as king and later confirmed he would ascend the throne with the name Charles instead of the year to change ways of some of his earlier relatives.
“The death of my beloved mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of profound sadness for me and all members of my family,” he wrote in a statement.
“We deeply mourn the passing of a cherished sovereign and a beloved mother. I know their loss will be felt deeply across the country, in the rich and in the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world,” he said. “During this time of sorrow and change, my family and I are comforted and strengthened by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection that the Queen extended so widely.”
Upon arrival in London, Charles was driven to the royal residence in an official Bentley, the Associated Press reported. A large crowd cheered as the car pulled up at the palace gates, where he got out to greet well-wishers and look at some of the floral tributes laid out outside for his mother.
Several shouted “God save the King!” and some burst into a rendition of the latest version of Britain’s national anthem, now titled “God save the King”.
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