Hail King Charles III
By Peter Ochieng
Charles III was on Saturday proclaimed United Kingdom (UK) King during a ceremony at St. James’s Palace.
He automatically became King after the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II this week.
However, BBC reports that he had to wait for a meeting of members of the Accession Council, made up of senior politicians, judges and officials to proclaim him as the monarch.
He was proclaimed King, head of the Commonwealth and defender of the faith. The ceremony was attended by about 200 people, including Liz Truss, the current British Prime Minister and former Prime Ministers Boris Johnson, Theresa May, David Cameron, Gordon Brown, Tony Blair and John Major.
In his speech, he said he is up to the task.
“I take this opportunity to confirm my willingness and intention to continue the tradition of surrendering the hereditary revenues, including the Crown Estate, to my government for the benefit of all, in return for the sovereign grant, which supports my official duties as Head of State and Head of Nation,” said the 74-year-old King.
He added, “And in carrying out the heavy task that has been laid upon me, and to which I now dedicate what remains to me of my life, I pray for the guidance and help of the Almighty God.”
Queen Elizabeth died on Thursday, September 08, 2022, aged 96 years.
She was on the throne for 70 years, making her the longest-serving monarch in the history of Britain.
She ascended to the throne in 1952, outliving three Kenyan Presidents, Jomo Kenyatta, Daniel Arap Moi and Mwai Kibaki.