Prime Minister Liz Truss has left Number 10 Downing Street for St James’s Palace to attend the formal proclamation of King Charles III this morning – two days after the death of Britain’s longest-reigning monarch Queen Elizabeth II at Balmoral aged 96.
Charles III will be officially proclaimed by the Accession Council at the palace at 10am, in a ceremony that will be televised for the first time.
The Accession Council – a body of advisers that dates back to the time of the Norman kings made up of 250 dignitaries including Labour former Cabinet minister Harriet Harman, the Mother of the House, and the high commissioners of the 14 Commonwealth countries where the monarch is Head of State – will initially meet without the King.
Conservative MP Penny Mordaunt, appointed Lord President of the Privy Council by Ms Truss, will announce the death of the Queen. The clerk of the Council then reads aloud the text of the Accession Proclamation, including Charles’ chosen title as king -…