Flags raised at the British Embassy for new King Charles III

Photo: Jonathan Brady, AP via ANP

Flags have been raised to full mast at the British Embassy in The Hague and the residence of the ambassador in celebration of the proclamation of King Charles III.

The new king of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and head of the Commonwealth was formally proclaimed at a meeting of the Accession Council in St James’s Palace in London. He has been king since the death of Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday afternoon.

In the ceremony, the new king spoke of his grief for his late mother, saying he suspected the ‘whole world sympathised with me in the irreparable loss we have all suffered’ before promising formally to defend the protestant religion.

According to a statement from the British Embassy in The Hague, flags will be lowered to half-mast again on Sunday to observe the national morning period for the late queen.

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