The Crown Season 20 Spoilers: What Happened at King Charles III’s Proclamation?

Hey, do you want to get all of the hot King Charles III tea without wading through his half-an-hour, hoity-toity proclamation? Fair enough. However, luckily for you, I decided to dive into the Seven News coverage of this aristocrat-fest. And here are the juiciest facts that I uncovered:

Were the Speeches From a Lord of the Rings Fan Fic?

Now, I’m not kidding when I state that some of the sentences uttered in this proclamation sounded like they were from a bad fantasy novel. Because they did. 

Take for instance, the remarks of the UK Prime Minister’s Appointments Secretary, Richard Tilbrook. He was the second speaker, and he legit said, “Prince Charles Philip Arthur George is now, by the death of our late Sovereign of happy memory, become our only lawful and rightful Liege Lord, Charles III, by the grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and of his other realms and territories, King, head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith.”

Personally, I think that this intro was just a tad extra. If you have more titles than Aslan from Narnia, then you probably can stand to lose a few. 

However, after this, the whole room declared, “God save the King.” Which you have to admit, is kind of metal. 

What Did King Charles Actually Say?

In this address, King Charles went over the same talking points that he outlined in his inaugural speech to the public. He said that he misses Queen Elizabeth II and that he’s in this job for the long haul. 

King Charles kicked off by stating, “My lords, ladies, and gentlemen. It is my most sorrowful duty to announce to you the death of my beloved mother the Queen.” And he later wrapped up his speech by going, “In carrying out the heavy task that has been laid upon me, to which I dedicate what remains to me of my life. I pray for the guidance and help of almighty God.”

In the midst of this intense sandwich, King Charles also found some time to introduce his wife, Queen Camilla. He said, “In all this, I am profoundly encouraged by the constant support of my beloved wife.” 

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But Has Australia Confirmed King Charles To Be Our King?

As per the ABC recording, King Charles has been officially proclaimed the head of state by the Governor General, David Hurley. “Governor-general of the commonwealth of Australia and members of the Federal Executive Council do now proclaim Prince Charles Philip Arthur George to be King Charles III, by grace of God,” said Hurley. 

Hurley also noted, “With hearty and humble affection we promise him faith and obedience. May King Charles III have long and happy years to reign over us: Given at Canberra, this 11th day of September, 2022, and in the first year of his Majesty’s reign, signed by me as governor general and countersigned by my command, by the honourable Anthony Albanese MP, prime minister of the Commonwealth of Australia. God save the King.”

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