Charles III to be proclaimed Australia’s king in official ceremony in Canberra

The Governor General will officially proclaim King Charles III as the new Australian Head of State following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese will meet with ministers as the Executive Council on Sunday morning to formally recommend that Sir David Hurley issue the proclamation.

They will then go to Parliament for a formal ceremony, followed by a 21-gun salute, to officially recognize King Charles III as the new ruler of Australia.

Laying of a wreath at Queen's Terrace (APH)
Camera iconAustralia’s Governor General David Hurley will officially proclaim the new ruler on Sunday. NCA NewsWire / Martin Ollman Credit: News Corp Australia

This is followed by the proclamation of the UK at St James’s Palace on Saturday evening, Australian time.

Flags across the country, which have been lowered in mourning for the queen, will fly in full mast after the procedure. They will be lowered again after dark.

Sunday’s ceremony will be the first time a proclamation has been read in the current Australian parliament.

The Australian proclamation of Queen Elizabeth II took place at Canberra’s Old Parliament House.

The proceedings will include a band performing the Australian anthem and God Save the King.

Laying of a wreath at Queen's Terrace (APH)
Camera iconThe queen died at the age of 96. NCA NewsWire / Martin Ollman Credit: News Corp Australia

On Thursday 19th September the Governor General and Mr Albanese will travel to London to attend the Queen’s funeral.

While Australia continues to observe the 14-day mourning period for the late monarch, the government has confirmed a “one-time” national mourning holiday, which will take place on September 22 when the Prime Minister returns from the queen’s funeral.

On Saturday evening, the Parliament was illuminated with projections of the late queen, in honor of her death.

Previously, leaders gathered at Queen’s Terrace to lay wreaths at the foot of the late monarch’s parliament statue, which His Majesty unveiled on May 9, 1988 during a visit to Australia to officially open the new building.

The floral tributes mark the Queen’s continued Australian commemoration after her death in her Scottish castle at the age of 96.

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