Charles Proclaimed King of UK Amid Questions of Monarchy’s Relevance
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Prince Charles Philip Arthur George was proclaimed King of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on Saturday morning, his royal name designated as King Charles III. This follows the passing of his mother, the late Queen Elizabeth II, who died at the age of 96 on Thursday.
A day of ceremony heralded the new King, who ascends to the throne amidst questions of the monarchy’s place in the 21st century. The Queen reigned for 70 years, overseeing a kingdom at a crossroads in history. King Charles II, 73 years old with a life steeped in controversy and tabloid covers, faces the unique task of not only proving his individual value, but the value of monarchs in the modern day.
The ascension ceremony was broadcast live on television for the first time, a testament to the tectonic changes the world has undergone since the last time the kingdom crowned a new ruler in 1952. Following the ceremony, a public announcement was issued by the Garter Principle King of Arms on the balcony of St. James Palace.
The proclamation and the surrounding discourse of the monarchy’s relevance dominated the headlines of major outlets on Saturday. A considerable amount of coverage was dedicated to the presence of the disgraced royal and brother of the new King, Prince Andrew, who stepped away from his royal duties in 2019 over his connections to Jeffery Epstein, the well-connected sex offender and financier who died in 2019.
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