Australia has proclaimed King Charles as head of state.
The 73-year-old monarch became king of the United Kingdom and 14 other Commonwealth realms, including Australia, after the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth, on Thursday (08/09/22). and has been proclaimed head of state with a salute of 21 guns. in a ceremony presided over by Governor-General David Hurley at Parliament House in Canberra.
Pointing to Her Majesty’s “glorious” 70-year reign, he said: “Whereas due to the death of our lovely and glorious Queen Elizabeth II, the Crown has come uniquely and rightfully to Prince Charles Philip Arthur George.
“Therefore, General the Honorable David Hurley, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia and members of the Federal Executive Council do now proclaim Prince Charles Philip Arthur George as King Charles III by the Grace of God. King of Australia and the their kingdoms and territories. , head of the Commonwealth.
“And with sincere and humble affection we pledge faith and obedience to him. This 11th day of September, 2022, in the first year of his Majesty’s reign, signed by me as Governor General and countersigned by my command by the Honorable Deputy Anthony Albanese, prime minister. of the Commonwealth of Australia. God save the king.”
Meanwhile, newly elected Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has vowed not to hold a referendum on whether Australia should become a republic in his first term, saying it was time to “pay tribute” and mourn the monarch.
He told Sky News: “This is a time to show gratitude for her service to Australia, the Commonwealth and the world. It is a time to pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II and show deep respect and admiration, not questions about the our constitution”.