Following her death, the throne has been passed on to her eldest son and heir to the thrown, Charles, the former Prince of Wales. He will be officially proclaimed King in the next 24 hours. The ceremony will take place in London at St James Palace. The Accession council will be present for the ceremony.
But there will be several steps that he will have to undergo to attain the title of King.
Charles will have to decide a name for himself or if he would like to reign as King Charles III.
Charles’ wife, Camilla will now have the title Queen Consort. Consort is used for the spouse of a monarch.
His son Prince William will now become the Prince of Wales. He will also inherit his father’s title Duke of Cornwall. His wife will be knwon as the Duchess of Cornwall, which was Camilla’s official title earlier.
‘However, it may be months or even longer before Charles’ formal coronation. In Elizabeth’s case, her coronation came on June 2, 1953 — 16 months after her accession to on Feb. 6, 1952, when her father, King george VI, died,” reads a report by the Associated Press.
Here’s are some formalities that take place after Charles accedes to the throne since the Queen’s death, as per AP:
1. Within 24 hours of a monarch’s death, a new sovereign is proclaimed formally as soon as possible at St. James’s Palace in London by the “Accession Council.” This is made up of officials from the Privy Council, which includes senior Cabinet ministers, judges and leaders of the Church of England, who are summoned to the palace for the meeting.
2. Parliament is then recalled for lawmakers to take their oaths of allegiance to the new monarch.
3. The new monarch will swear an oath before the Privy Council in St. James’s Palace to maintain the Church of Scotland, according to the Act of Union of 1707.
4. The proclamation of the new sovereign is then publicly read out at St. James’s Palace, as well as in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast – the capital cities of the four nations that make up the United Kingdom.
5. Charles must declare to Parliament on the first day of its session following the accession, or at the coronation, whichever is first, that he is a faithful Protestant. The oath is mandated by the Accession Declaration Act of 1910.
6. He must also take a coronation oath as prescribed by the Coronation Oath Act of 1689, the Act of Settlement of 1701 and the Accession Declaration Act.
7. He must be in communion with the Church of England, a flexible rule which allowed King George I and King George II to reign even though they were Lutherans.
It is noted that earlier this year, Queen Elizabeth II completed 70 years of her reign and became the longest reigning monarch in the history of Britain. Her Platinum Jubliee was also celebrated with great enthusiam.
(With inputs from AP)