Two days later, her son was proclaimed King Charles III at the Accession Council held at St James's Palace. In attendance were members of the royal family, British politicians past and present, and others invited to witness the historic event.
"My lords, ladies, and gentlemen," King Charles III began, "it is my most sorrowful duty to announce to you the death of my beloved mother the Queen. I know how deeply you, the entire nation, and I think I may say the whole world, sympathize with me in the irreparable loss we've all suffered."
"It is the greatest consolation to me, to know of the sympathy expressed by so many to my sister and brothers and that such overwhelming affection and support should be extended to our whole family in our loss."
Charles went on to highlight the legacy of his mother, and the decades of "selfless service" she gave to the kingdom, calling it "unequalled in its duration, its dedication, and its devotion."
"I am deeply aware of this great inheritance," Charles continued, "and of the duties and heavy responsibilities of sovereignty which have now passed to me. In taking up these responsibilities, I shall strive to follow the inspiring example I have been set in upholding constitutional government, and to seek the peace, harmony, and prosperity of the peoples of these islands, and of the ... realms, and territories throughout the world."
He went on to thank his wife and queen-consort, Camilla, and prayed for God's guidance in his duty as king.
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