BREAKING NEWS: Charles officially declared King by Accession Council at St James’ Palace

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BRITAIN´S latest monarch, King Charles III, is being officially declared as regent by the Accession Council at St James’ Palace in London in a tradition dating back centuries.

UPDATED 12.10: The officials now leave the square as the gun salute continues bringing the ceremony to a close, with King Charles III now formally in the role as Britain’s monarch.

UPDATED 12.05: The principal proclamation is complete and the gun salute is now underway.

UPDATED 12.00: The official proclamation is now being read announcing the death of the Queen and the appointment of the King.

UPDATED 11.50: Members of the public have been let into theSt James Palace grounds with the perseverance heralds, the kings of arms and the sergeant of arms now enter the balcony in preparation for the gun salute.

UPDATED 11.45: Labour politicians including Ed Milliband now sign the document, with all MPs keen to get their name on the historic document. Books of remembrance have now been laid out to allow those who wish to remember the Queen to do so.

UPDATED 11.40am: Flags are now being raised across the UK and will stay up until 1 pm tomorrow when the proclamation is announced. They will then be lowered again until after the funeral of the now departed Queen.

UPDATED 11.32am: Politicians including Nicola Sturgeon also sign the document.

UPDATED 11.29am: Prince William, the new Prince of Wales, and Camilla, the new Queen Consort, sign the declaration as witnesses.

UPDATED 11.28am: The new monarch signs a declaration that he will uphold the oaths he has sworn.

UPDATED 11.27am: King Charles III swears on the bible to defend the Church of England and also confirms he will defend the rights of the Church of Scotland.

UPDATED 11.22am: King Charles III arrives at a throning room in St James’ Palace and begins his declaration, announcing the death of his mother.

He said: “My mother gave an example of lifelong love and of selfless service.”

The King adds that he hopes to meet his mother´s example.

Members of the Privy Council, including former prime ministers Boris Johnson, Theresa May, David Cameron, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown mingled among other political heavyweights as Penny Mordaunt, Lord President of the Council, declared Charles King in the first part of a formal ceremony.

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