Charles Pays Tribute to Queen's 'Lifelong' Service as He Is Declared King

King Charles III was formally proclaimed Britain's new king on Saturday as part of the traditional proceedings following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.

The new king paid tribute to his mother in remarks he delivered before the Accession Council on Saturday morning.

"I know how deeply you and the entire nation and I think I may say the whole world sympathizes with me in the irreparable loss we have all suffered," Charles said.

"It is the greatest consolation to me to know of the sympathy expressed by so many to my sister and my brothers and that such overwhelming affection and support should be extended to our whole family in our loss. To all of us as a family," he said.

King Charles III Views Floral Tributes
King Charles III views floral tributes to the late Queen Elizabeth II outside Buckingham Palace on September 09, 2022 in London, United Kingdom. The new king will be formally proclaimed on Saturday. Chris Jackson/Getty Images

"As to this kingdom and to the wider family of nations of which it is a part, my mother gave an example of lifelong love and of selfless service," the king went on.

Charles III continued: "In taking up these responsibilities I shall strive to follow the inspiring example I have been set in upholding constitutional government and to seek the peace, harmony and prosperity of the peoples of these islands, and of the Commonwealth realms and territories across the world.

"In this purpose I know that I shall be upheld by the affection and loyalty of the peoples whose sovereign I have been called upon to be, and in the discharge of these duties, I will be guided by the council of their elected parliaments," he said.

The king went on to say he was taking the opportunity to "confirm my willingness and intention to continue the tradition of surrendering the hereditary revenues, including the Crown Estate to the 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."

The U.K. is in mourning for the queen, who died peacefully at her Balmoral home in Scotland on Thursday. Charles became king instantly upon her death.

The new king—the first in more than 70 years—delivered a tribute to his late mother in a televised broadcast on Friday and will participate in ceremonies on Saturday to mark his accession.

Here's what we can expect today.

10:00a.m. BST/5:a.m. EDT: Charles III will attend the Accession Council in the state apartments of St. James's Palace in London. The event will be attended by members of the Privy Council, though not all the 700 or so members will be able to attend.

It is believed that around 200 people are expected to be there, including from the 14 other countries where Charles is now head of state. Those will include government ministers and others such as former ministers and prime ministers, while senior clergy are also likely to attend.

Charles is now Supreme Governor of the Church of England.

King Charles will be accompanied by his wife Camilla—now the queen consort—and the heir to the throne, William, who has now become the Prince of Wales, which is the traditional title for the monarch's heir.

The new king will make a declaration about the death of his mother and will take an oath promising to preserve the Church of Scotland.

The accession council will be televised live for the first time in history.

11:00a.m. BST/6 a.m. EDT: The proclamation announcing that Charles has now become king will be read from the balcony of the St. James's Palace. There is usually fanfare to accompany the announcement, as there was in 1952 when Elizabeth II was proclaimed.

"The Proclamation will be read by Garter King of Arms, accompanied by the Earl Marshal, other Officers of Arms and the Serjeants at Arms," Buckingham Palace said in a statement on Friday.

There will also be gun salutes in Hyde Park and at the Tower of London, similar to those that took place on Friday in honor of the late queen.

12:00 p.m. BST/7 a.m. EDT: The proclamation of the new reign will be read out again at the Royal Exchange in the City of London, as is traditional. There will be further proclamations of the new king on Sunday in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

Afternoon: Senior members of parliament will swear an oath of allegiance to King Charles III in the Houses of Parliament at Westminster. All MPs are required to take an oath to the sovereign in order to serve. Lawmakers will continue to share their memories of the late queen in the chamber of the House of Commons throughout the day.

Update 09/10/22 06:15a.m. E.T.: This article was updated to include remarks by King Charles III and a new headline.