Palace officials give reason why king Charles accession was televised

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The decision to televise the image of King Charles III during his proclamation as king is part of a wider plan to usher in a more visible, informal and nimble monarchy, palace officials have said.

For the first time in the history of Britain, the newly coronated king was watched live across the world while speaking at the accession council at St. James’s Palace last Saturday.

It was reported that while planning for his accession to the throne, the future king made a request for the live telecast.

King Charles III’s arrival on the British throne was supposed to be laden with potential pitfalls, for him and for the monarchy. If succeeding a uniquely popular Queen Elizabeth II wasn’t hard enough, he had to overcome lukewarm public opinion.

Analysts are of the opinion that the decision is likely to bolstered King Charles III’s standing in the public.

Buckingham Palace is using the 10 days of national mourning to place King Charles III firmly in the public eye, further searing the House of Windsor into the nation’s psyche.

King Charles III was officially proclaimed king during a meeting of the Accession Council inside St. James’s Palace in London on Saturday.

The transition is also being marked by a series of firsts, as the contours of a new-look monarchy emerge. Queen Elizabeth II rarely let people touch her. The new king, meanwhile, glad-handed crowds outside Buckingham Palace last Friday.

On Monday, he flew from London to Edinburgh, and he is scheduled to visit Northern Ireland and Wales later this week.

Professor of government at King’s College London, Vernon Bogdanor said, “He has made a very good start, the monarchy is more open, he is reaching out to the people.”

It wasn’t only the new king out pressing the flesh. His two sons, the heir-apparent Prince William and his younger brother, Prince Harry, spent at least half an hour outside Balmoral castle over the weekend greeting crowds of well-wishers and taking time for chitchat. Flanking Prince Harry was his actor wife, Meghan Markle.

The moment marked a show of unity after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex acrimoniously broke away from royal duties back in 2020 to relocate to the U.S., causing a fallout with Prince William.

The queen will be lying in state in two locations, rather than one, in Edinburgh and London, another first that gave many more Britons access to a personal farewell and more opportunity for British television broadcasters to offer wall-to-wall coverage.

King Charles III and wife, Camilla

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