King Charles proclaimed monarch of Australia, New Zealand

by | Sep 11, 2022 | World

The British monarch is the head of state in Australia and New Zealand, a role that is largely ceremonial.King Charles III has been officially proclaimed head of state of both Australia and New Zealand at ceremonies in the nations’ capitals.
In New Zealand on Sunday, the proclamation of Charles as monarch, taking over from Queen Elizabeth II who died aged 96, took place in the parliament in Wellington.
Speaking from parliament’s steps, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the event acknowledged the queen’s son, “His Majesty King Charles III as our sovereign”.
Ardern told a crowd that in the wake of the queen’s death, New Zealand had entered a time of change.
“King Charles … has consistently demonstrated his deep care for our nation,” she said. “This relationship is deeply valued by our people. I have no doubt it will deepen.”
Australia’s PM Anthony Albanese, right, and Governor-General David Hurley, left, attend a Proclamation of Accession ceremony for Britain’s King Charles III at Parliament House in Canberra [Mick Tsikas/ AFP]
Members of the Australian Defence Force conduct a 21-gun salute during a Proclamation of Accession ceremony for Britain’s King Charles III at Parliament House in Canberra [Gary Ramage/ AFP]
In Australia, Governor-General David Hurley, the British monarch’s representative in Australia, proclaimed King Charles as head of state at Parliament House in Canberra.
The proclamation was marked by a 21-gun salute.
The British monarch is the head of state in Australia as well as New Zealand, among 14 realms outside the United Kingdom, a role that is largely ceremonial.
Earlier, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said a national day of mourning for …

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