On Sunday, both Australia and New Zealand held ceremonies in their capital cities to proclaim King Charles III their new King. The British monarchy is the head of 14 states outside of Britain, although the role is largely ceremonial.
In Australia, Governor General David Hurley, the British monarch’s representative in Australia, proclaimed King Charles the head of state.
The proclamation took place at Parliament House in Canberra and was marked by a 21-gun salute by the Australian Defence Force.
Mr Hurley noted the reign of the “pleasant and glorious” Queen Elizabeth and said Australia “do now proclaim” King Charles the new monarch.
In the proclamation, he said: “With hearty and humble affection we promise him faith and obedience. This 11th day of September, 2022, into the first year of His Majesty’s reign.”
The Australian Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese, declared that a national day of mourning would take place on September 22.
Mr Albanese said he would travel to Britain on Thursday in order to attend the Queen’s funeral, and then would return to Australia on September 21.
The Prime Minister told ABC television: “Then the National Day of Mourning and the memorial service is set to be the day after.
“That’s to allow people to pay their respects for the passing of Queen Elizabeth.”
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As a mark of respect, Australia has suspended parliament, national flags will be flown at half mast and a giant portrait of the Queen is on display on the sails of the Sydney Opera House.
In Perth, the landmarks were illuminated in purple, the colour of royalty, in honour of the Queen.
When asked how Australia would view the new monarch, Mr Albanese said King Charles would have to “forge his own path”.
However, Peter Dutton, the leader of the opposing Liberal Party in Australia, has stressed that the King must remain “impartial”.
He said: “[King Charles] now moves into a different phase of his life and as he pointed out, he’s been a very strong supporter of charities and different causes for most of his adult life.
“But he puts that to one side now, because he takes up the important role as the head of the Commonwealth and as the King.”
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In New Zealand, the proclamation for the New King took place in Wellington at parliament.
New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern spoke of the Queen and said: “We are forever grateful for her close bond to this country. But it is a bond that spans her whole family.”
She said: “King Charles … has consistently demonstrated his deep care for our nation.
“This relationship is deeply valued by our people. I have no doubt it will deepen.”