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King Charles became monarch after the death of Queen Elizabeth II – but it will be formally declared by the Accession Council (Picture: Rex Shutterstock)
King Charles III is set to be formally declared monarch by the Accession Council, having become King in the wake of Queen Elizabeth II’s sad death.
The ceremony – which is being televised for the first time in history – will see The Accession Council meeting in St James’ Palace at 10am, before a proclamation is read from a balcony by a courtier to publicly declare him King.
Further down the line he will also have a coronation ceremony – although with the Royal Family now in a period of mourning, this is unlikely to take place for some time.
But while the Coronation is set to be a celebratory event, with the public given an extra bank holiday to mark the occasion, Accession Day is a more low-key event, regarded as a day of reflection – which the Queen always chose to spend quietly.
But what does accession mean, and how is it different from a coronation?
What is Accession Day?
Accession refers to the official process of a monarch taking office.
Whoever is first in line to the throne officially becomes monarch the second their predecessor abdicates or dies, as the throne can never be vacant.
An Accession Council, which is usually convened at St James’s Palace in London, takes place within 24 hours of the death of a sovereign – although in the case of King Charles has been delayed to allow him to return from Balmoral, where the Queen passed away.
Camilla – the new Queen – as well as the the Prince and Princess of Wales – will join the King for the event.
It will be accompanied by celebrations such as the firing of guns in Hyde Park and at the Tower of London, as well as blasts of fanfare played on trumpets.
Accession and coronation are two very different events (Picture: © Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
Elizabeth officially became Queen following the death of her father King George VI on February 6, 1952.
Princess Elizabeth was 25, and was on the first stop of a Commonwealth tour with Prince Philip in Kenya when the news of her father’s death broke.
The couple had been set to travel on to Australia and New Zealand, but the tour was cancelled and Her Majesty rushed back to the UK without delay.
King Charles paid tribute to his ‘darling Mama’ in his first address as monarch (Picture: BBC)
Following a meeting of the Accession Council, whose members include privy councillors, great officers of state, the lord mayor, and some senior civil servants, she officially took up the title of head of state.
A principle proclamation was read at St James’s Palace two days later, as is custom.
The King lay in state at Westminster Hall before his funeral which was held on February 15, 1952, at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, where he is buried.
Elizabeth’s coronation, however, did not take place until the following year, after a period of mourning for the King.
The Queen would traditionally spend the day reflecting on her late father, King George VI (Picture: Lisa Sheridan/Studio Lisa/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Accession Day is usually a quiet day of reflection, rather than a day of partying and celebrations, is that it marks the date of the death of the previous monarch.
The Queen usually spent the day privately reflecting, typically choosing to spend the day at the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, where her father died.
What is the difference between accession and coronation?
While accession is a time for reflection and mourning, the coronation has a much more celebratory tone.
A coronation is simply the act of placing a crown on a monarch’s head – they actually became King or Queen on Accession Day, which is typically long before this event.
It’s not yet known when King Charles’ coronation will be – although Queen Elizabeth II’s came over a year after she became monarch. So it’s likely that King Charles’ own crowning ceremony will not take place for some time.
As well as the actual crowning, the term coronation is also commonly used to describe the whole ceremony – and all the exciting events that surrounded it.
The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II as sovereign of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan, and Ceylon took place on Tuesday, June 2, 1953, at Westminster Abbey.
It lasted for three hours, was the first British coronation to be televised and more than 8,000 guests attended.
It was also the fourth and last coronation of the 21st century.
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