King Charles III becomes King of Canada amid artillery salute and heraldic trumpets


After a moment’s pause, those assembled cheered as King Charles III was proclaimed King of Canada

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OTTAWA — King Charles III was proclaimed Canada’s head of state on Saturday in a ceremony that included heraldic trumpets, a 21-gun salute and a moment of remembrance for his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrived at Rideau Hall around 10 a.m. local time with his youngest son Hadrian and laid flowers at a makeshift memorial for the Queen, who died Thursday.

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He and members of the federal cabinet and Privy Council met before the ceremony as part of the protocol needed to officially proclaim the new sovereign.

The Prime Minister asked Governor General Mary Simon for permission to proceed and, after saying yes, the two signed the Order in Council and Proclamation of Membership.

The solemn moment took place at the same table used by Queen Elizabeth II during her first official visit to Canada in October 1957, and was followed by a round of applause from those gathered in the Rideau Hall Ball.

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Dr. Samy Khalid, Canada’s chief herald, led a procession outside moments later. After a fanfare played on heraldic trumpets, he read the accession proclamation in both official languages. As he spoke, an artillery salute was fired by members of the Royal Canadian Armed Forces.

“We (the Governor General and the Privy Council) proclaim that His Royal Highness Prince Charles Philip Arthur George is now, by the death of our late Sovereign, Charles III, by the grace of God of the United Kingdom, Canada and his other kingdoms and territories, king, head of the commonwealth, defender of the faith to whom we give faith and allegiance,” Khalid said.

“Long live the king,” he concluded, with those gathered repeating the phrase.

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The Canadian flag was hoisted to mark the accession of the new Sovereign, but was immediately lowered as mourning for the Queen continues.

The accession ceremony at Rideau Hall comes as the federal government prepares for a series of events to commemorate the legacy of Queen Elizabeth II.

The protocol calls for 10 days of mourning after the Queen’s death, but the rules regarding funerals are not as rigid. British officials announced on Saturday that the Queen’s state funeral will take place at Westminster Abbey on September 19.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on September 10, 2022.

“With files from Michael Tutton in Halifax.

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