Sweet message of support from William and Harry as King Charles signed proclamation

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The former Prince of Wales became king immediately following the passing of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, on Thursday. Today saw His Majesty formally proclaimed monarch in succession to the Queen at the Accession Council at St James’s Palace in London.

While signing the oath, the King used ink from a pot that had been gifted to him by his sons, Prince William and Prince Harry.

Following the death of Elizabeth II, Prince William has been given the title Prince of Wales.

This was previously held by his father, the longest bearer of the position.

In his first speech as King, Charles III also gave special mention to his other son, Prince Harry, and his wife Meghan Markle.

He said: “I want… to express my love for Harry and Meghan as they continue to build their lives overseas.”

The use of the gifted ink pot at today’s ceremony has been read as a message of support from the two brothers for their father, now monarch.

Reports suggest the King also wore his rare Parmigiana watch which he also wore at the wedding of his youngest son, Prince Harry, to Meghan Markle.

Commentators have also drawn attention to the fact Charles spoke in front of a throne which was imprinted with the insignia of his mother.

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“It is the greatest consolation to me to know of the sympathy expressed by so many to my sister and brothers and that such overwhelming affection and support should be extended to our whole family in our loss.

“To all of us as a family, as to this kingdom, and the wider family of nations of which it is a part, my mother gave an example of lifelong love and of selfless service.”

He added: “In taking up these responsibilities, I shall strive to follow the inspiring example I have been set in upholding constitutional government and to seek the peace, harmony and prosperity of the peoples of these islands and of the Commonwealth realms and territories throughout the world.

“In this purpose, I know that I shall be upheld by the affection and loyalty of the peoples whose sovereign I have been called upon to be and that in the discharge of these duties, I will be guided by the counsel of their elected parliaments.”

Also today, Buckingham Palace announced that the Queen’s state funeral will be held on September 19.

This day, King Charles revealed, will also be a bank holiday.

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