Following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, her eldest son, Prince Charles, automatically became King Charles III on Thursday. However, the title was passed without a coronation ceremony – and those who have wondered if such a ceremony will take place soon may have to wait longer than expected if they want to witness it.
As it turns out, Charles has now officially assumed the role of king, but the celebrations marking his reign are likely to be set for a much later date, as royal protocol does not allow for this until after the former sovereign’s period of mourning.
“The coronation of the new sovereign follows a few months after his or her accession to the throne, after a period of mourning and as a result of the tremendous preparations required to organize the ceremony,” the royal family’s website reads.
Queen Elizabeth II ascended the throne after the death of her father, King George VI, on February 6, 1952, but was not crowned until June 2, 1953, 16 months later. While it’s unclear if Charles will be waiting for his coronation in the same timeframe, those watching shouldn’t expect it any time soon.
The official mourning period for the Queen is 10 days and lasts until after her official funeral at Westminster Abbey. Although he was not crowned by the set date, an accession council made up of politicians, bishops and senior officials announced his succession on Saturday.
While the pomp and circumstances of his coronation remain to be seen, the royal family has moved quickly when it comes to their future. Not only did Charles officially become King and his wife Camilla became Queen Consort, but Prince William and Kate Middleton also assumed new titles. They have now inherited the titles previously held by the King and Queen Consort, which included both the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and the Prince and Princess of Wales. Middleton is the first woman since Princess Diana to hold the title of Princess of Wales.
The title change also affects their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. Not only have all three moved back up the line of succession to the royal throne, their surnames now reflect their parents’ new titles. Instead of using Cambridge as a surname, they all now use the name Wales.
Despite having retired from the royal family and living in the United States, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s children, Archie and Lilibet, are now also eligible for prince and princess titles as their grandfather is now the king.
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