King Charles’ inkwell, gifted by his sons, causes a viral moment during his proclamation party
King Charles III is already proving to be a nearby king.
Following Queen Elizabeth’s death on Thursday, the Accession Council made the official proclamation of King Charles, 73, at the government apartments of St James’s Palace in London at 10am local time on Saturday – and in a historic precedent, the ritual was televised.
Viewers watched Charles approaching to sign the declaration of accession and seemed frustrated by the presence of a pencil case and a point of ink on the small desk, which also had to fit large documents. He signaled to his assistants to vacate the office, rearranging the items.
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Once the documents had been placed, Charles again signaled to an assistant to remove the box of pens from the desk, allowing him space to sign the historic document.
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Sign the Charles R Document, the king’s traditional signature dating back to the 12th century. The letter “R” stands for Rex in Latin for King, but stands for Regina when used by Queens.
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Next, Prince William had to ask to return the tray, with Charles taking the pen with him as he walked away before he could sign. He was followed by Queen Camilla, who then stepped forward to sign the Declaration of Accession, followed by current Prime Minister Liz Truss and dignitaries including the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.
The awkward seconds that started the historical moment caught the attention of many online, with some finding the moment funny and others finding it surprisingly relatable.
Others joked about Charles “stealing” the pen when he went away but later, it was revealed that the pen was, at first – a gift, along with ink, from William and Prince Harry. It is unclear if it was an antique souvenir or a more recent gift for the occasion.
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Watched by William – in his first official role as Prince of Wales – and Queen Camilla, the proclamation was read to the Privy Council (which includes senior government ministers, judges and leaders of the Church of England) in the Palace Picture Gallery: “The Crown of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland comes singly and rightly.” To Prince Charles Philip Arthur George,” the council clerk read.
“We… do now with one voice and consent of tongue and heart publish and proclaim that Prince Charles Philip Arthur George has now become, on the death of our late King of Happy Memory, our only rightful and legitimate master, Charles III.”
On Friday, Charles made special gestures to each of his two sons in his inaugural address to the nation.
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King Charles said: “As my heir, William now assumes the Scottish titles which have meant so much to me. The Duke of Cornwall succeeds me and assumes the responsibilities of the Duchy of Cornwall which I have held for more than five decades.” During the speech recorded in the Blue Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace.
He added: “Today, I am proud to be the Prince of Wales, Tiwisow Cemrow, the country whose title I have had the great honor to bear during so much of my life and duty.” “With Catherine at his side, our new Prince and Princess of Wales, as I know, will continue to inspire and lead our national conversations, helping bring margins to the center where vital assistance can be provided.”
Before continuing, he added, “I also want to express my love for Harry and Meghan as they continue to build their lives abroad.”
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