What happens at the Accession Council? The meeting where Charles will be proclaimed King

Part two, held in the red-carpet Throne Room at St. James’s Palace, is considered the first council to be held by the new monarch and attended only by initiated counselors.

On Saturday it is held immediately after part one, but historically that has not always been the case.

When King George VI died in the early hours of Wednesday, February 6, 1952, part one, proclaiming his daughter, Elizabeth, the new queen, was held at 5 p.m. that day.

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Part two was held two days later, on Friday, February 8 at 10 a.m., after Queen Elizabeth’s return from Kenya.

When King Edward VII abdicated at 2 p.m. on Friday, December 11, 1936, parts one and two, proclaiming King George VI as the new sovereign, were held at 11 a.m. the next day.

All present bow to the king before he opens part two with a personal statement about his mother’s passing.

In 1952, when Queen Elizabeth was fulfilling this duty, she addressed the assembled counselors at St James’s Palace, saying:

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“Due to the sudden death of my dear father, I have been called to assume the duties and responsibilities of sovereignty.

“In this time of deep sorrow it is a deep comfort to me to be assured of the sympathy you, and all my peoples, feel for me.”

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