Accession Council ceremony takes place in London


At 6:30 am NT this morning King Charles III was proclaimed at the Accession Council in the State Apartments of St James's Palace in London.


The ceremony is divided into two parts. The first part is only attended by the Privy Council where members will proclaim the Sovereign, and formally approve various consequential Orders, including the arrangements for the Proclamation.


The second part is the holding by The King of His Majesty’s first Privy Council. The King will make his Declaration and read and sign an oath to uphold the security of the Church in Scotland and approve Orders in Council which facilitate continuity of government.


In recognition of the new Sovereign, flags will be flown at full mast from the time of the Principal Proclamation at St James's Palace until one hour after the Proclamations in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, after which flags will return to half-mast in mourning for the death of Her Majesty The Queen.