King Charles proclaimed monarch of Australia, New Zealand

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The British monarch is the head of state in Australia and New Zealand, a role that is largely ceremonial.

King Charles III is officially declared the head of state of both Australia and New Zealand at ceremonies in the nation’s capitals.

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In New Zealand on Sunday, the announcement of Charles as monarch, taking over from Queen Elizabeth II, who died at the age of 96, was announced at Parliament in Wellington.

Speaking from the steps of Parliament, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the event “acknowledged the Queen’s son, His Majesty King Charles III, as our Sovereign”.

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Ardern told a crowd that after the death of the Queen, New Zealand had entered a time of change.

“King Charles … has consistently demonstrated his deep care for our nation,” she said. “Our people value this relationship very much. I have no doubt that it will be deep.”

Australia’s Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, right, and Governor-General David Hurley, left, attend a proclamation ceremony for Britain’s King Charles III at Parliament House in Canberra [Mick Tsikas/ AFP]
Members of the Australian Defense Force hold a 21-gun salute during the proclamation of the accession ceremony of Britain's King Charles III at Parliament House in Canberra on September 11, 2022.
Members of the Australian Defense Force hold a 21-gun salute during the Announcement of Accession Ceremony for Britain’s King Charles III at Parliament House in Canberra [Gary Ramage/ AFP]
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In Australia, Governor-General David Hurley, the representative of the British monarch in Australia, declared King Charles the head of state at the Parliament House in Canberra.

The proclamation was marked with a 21-gun salute.

Of the 14 territories outside the United Kingdom, the British monarch is the head of state in Australia as well as New Zealand, a role that is largely ceremonial.

Earlier, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese had said that 22 September would be a national day of mourning for the Queen, with the day being a public holiday.

Albanese said he would travel to London on Thursday, attend the Queen’s funeral on 19 September and then return to Australia on 21 September.

“Then the National Day of Mourning and the memorial service is going to be the next day,” he told ABC television.

“This is to allow people to pay respects to the passing of Queen Elizabeth,” the prime minister said.

Albanese said Australia had offered to take 10 of its Pacific Island counterparts and New Zealand dignitaries to Britain for the Queen’s funeral.

Asked how Australians would view the new monarch, Albanese said King Charles would “have to make his own way”.

As a mark of respect, the national flag in Australia is at half-staff, Parliament has been suspended and a large portrait of the Queen was projected on the sails of the Sydney Opera House.

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