Truss and Starmer pledge allegiance to King Charles III as MPs declare fresh oath

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In a sombre ceremony with the memory of the late Queen hanging over it, Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle, Prime Minister Liz Truss and Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer led senior MPs in swearing allegiance to the new King this lunchtime at the same time as members of the House of Lords. MPs and peers are unable to take their seats after a general election before swearing loyalty to the Monarch, however, the oaths taken today are symbolic of the passing on the crown to a new Monarch. Sir Lindsay took the oth first followed by the Father of the House Sir Peter Bottomley, Mother of the House Harriet Harman, Ms Truss, the new Leader of the House Penny Mordaunt and the new Chief Whip Wendy Morton.

Sir Lindsay said that MP are not obliged to take an oath to King Charles III because their original one to the late Queen still stands in law.

However, all MPs and peers have been offered the chance of taking a new oath as a symbolic gesture of a new era in British history and to mark with the tradition of Parliamentarians showing their loyalty to the Crown.

Many MPs lined up to take the oath including Sir Keir Starmr as leader of the Opposition, SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford, Lib Dem leader Sir Ed Davey, the leaders of smaller parties in Parliament and Deputy Prime Minister Therese Coffey.

King Charles III became the Sovereign the moment that his mother’s death was confirmed at 6.30pm on Thursday.

His kingship was confirmed earlier today at the meeting of the Accession Council of senior politicians, peers, bishops and members of the Royal household.

A proclamation was declared in the first-ever televised meeting of Privy Counsellors and then read out from the balcony of the Palace of St James where the events took place.

King Charles himself made a statement and swore oaths to the country to accept the Proclamation.

He is now officially confirmed as King and all servants of the Crown including politicians have to show their fealty to him.

Similar opportunities will be provided in the Scottish and Welsh Parliaments as well as the Northern Ireland Assembly when it can be recalled after its current suspension.

READ MORE: King Charles III meets PM Truss in historic moment at the Palace

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