King Charles III was formally proclaimed king at noon in declarations made in each of the UK’s four nations.
The Proclamation was read to the Scots by the Lord Lyon King of Arms, who was partially hidden by a big feathered hat. A 21-gun salute then took place in Edinburgh Castle.
The proclamation announces the new monarch’s accession on a significant historical occasion.
Huge crowds gathered in front of the 14th-century Mercat Cross, aware of its importance, to witness King Charles III’s declaration.
An iconic location, the Market Cross is close to St. Giles’ Cathedral and will serve as the site of Her Majesty’s 24-hour state funeral on Monday.
In a custom known as the “Vigil of the Princes,” members of the royal family, including the recently crowned King Charles III, would stand behind the coffin.
On Sunday, tens of thousands of people lined up along Edinburgh’s well-known Royal Mile, many of them holding out phones and cameras to capture pictures of the cross.
The proclamation “God save the King” was made by the Lord Lyon King of Arms Dr. Joseph John Morrow CBE QC after a trumpet flourish.
God save the King was yelled back in jubilation by the big audience that had gathered in anticipation of this happening.
First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon described the moment the Queen left “her beloved Balmoral” for the final time as “sad and heartbreaking.”
Scotland will pay respect to an incredible woman today as she travels to Edinburgh, Ms. Sturgeon wrote in a tweet in advance of the ceremony.
However, after the official proclamation, there were cries for a republic amid the cheers, in contrast to the customary regal ceremonial already starting in Edinburgh.
“F*** imperialism, overthrow the monarchy,” read the sign held by one woman. The instant the police arrived and hauled her away, the audience started to applaud.
The large throng then began singing the national anthem to the band’s music.
The crowd responded with “Hooray!” as Lord Lyon King led three hip-hop-style chants.
The crowd erupted into cheers as the guard of honor and the King’s Charles III Body Guard for Scotland approached Edinburgh Castle.
His Majesty’s State Trumpeters, members of the Edinburgh Society of High Constables, the city officials, the Macer to the Court of Lord Lyon, Scottish heralds and “pursuivants,” the Lord Lyon King of Arms, and the City Mace and City Sword were all part of the procession. Red robes were worn by City of Edinburgh Council members when they left the City Chambers.
The guard of honor and the King’s Body Guard for Scotland, the Royal Company of Archers, marched from the Castle Esplanade to Mercat Cross on this special occasion.
The second Proclamation was read by Lord Lyon as the procession made its way back to the Castle.
Witnessing the pronouncement, one tourist said that it was “quite fantastic” to be there.
Livingston resident Helen Smith was near the Mercat Cross and was in front of the barriers.
I arrived here around 8 am to get my spot, she said to the PA news agency.
“I came because it’s a historic occasion. I wanted to be present because I’ve only ever known one monarch in my life. It was pretty amazing to be so close because I could hear everything that happened. It was a very amazing sight to see.
“The environment seemed quite weird. As we just saw, despite the vast number of people present, there was relatively little noise.
Because we’ve only ever known singing God Save The Queen, it was a mental adjustment when we sang God Save King Charles III for the first time.
“It might never happen again in my lifetime, so we simply felt driven to come today,” Dumfries resident Ann Hamilton told the news agency.
“We watched it on television the other day, but when we learned that it was taking place in Scotland’s capital, we knew we had to go.
“Watching it in person was incredible. It was incredible to be present to see such a significant event in history. It’s just so old-fashioned looking at the costumes that the individuals were donning. Traditions must be maintained.
The proclamation of the new King Charles III was read to the people of Wales at Cardiff Castle by the Lord-Lieutenant of South Glamorgan, Morfudd Meredith, and the Extraordinary Herald of Arms of Wales, Tom Lloyd.
Following the passing of the Queen, Robert Noel, the Norroy and Ulster King of Arms read the proclamation of the new King to the people of Northern Ireland at Hillsborough Castle during a downpour.
At 12 o’clock to mark the beginning of the declaration, a bell in the courthouse clock tower at Hillsborough Castle chimed once.
Because of the rules of the Act of Settlement 1701, Charles had held the throne prior to the ceremony when his mother passed away.
The Accession Council serves a ceremonial function by officially announcing the next monarch’s name.
When the Queen’s coffin passed through Ballater, the community closest to the Balmoral estate, where many residents thought of her as a neighbor, hundreds lined the main roadway.
The Queen and her family were frequently spotted in the village on her favorite island, Royal Deeside, where they had vacationed ever since she was a young girl and where they are given the freedom to be themselves.
Many businesses in the charming Victorian village are paying respect by putting portraits of the Queen in their windows.
The Rev. Davi Barr had rung the church bells 70 times after she was declared dead as the hearse passed Glenmuick Church.