Prince William appears for the first time since becoming the Prince of Wales
Prince William was present when his father was formally proclaimed King Charles III at the accession council on Saturday. The Prince of Wales and his stepmother, Camilla, the Queen Consortwere among those who signed the proclamation at St. James’s Palace in London.
The Accession Council is attended by Privy Councilors, and is divided into two parts. “In Part I, without the King present, the Privy Council will proclaim the Sovereign and formally approve several ensuing Orders, including the arrangements for the Proclamation,” the palace said.
The second part “is held by the first Privy Council of the King of His Majesty. The King will make his statement and read and sign an oath to maintain the security of the Church in Scotland and to pass general decrees facilitating the continuity of government.”
The Accession Council marked William’s first appearance since he became the Prince of Wales. During King Charles III’s speech on Friday, the new monarch bestowed the titles of Prince and Princess of Wales on his eldest son and daughter-in-law Kate.
“Today I am proud to have created him Prince of Wales, Tywysog Cymru, the country whose title I have been privileged to bear for such a great part of my life and duty,” said the King. “With Catherine by his side, I know our new Prince and Princess of Wales will continue to inspire and lead our national conversations, helping to bring the marginalized to the center where essential help can be given.”
Charles’ speech to the nation came a day after his mother’s death. William was photographed on Thursday driving with his uncles Prince Andrew and Prince Edwardas well as his aunt Sophie, Countess of Wessex to Balmoral. Queen Elizabeth died peacefully in Balmoral on September 8. Charles acceded to the throne after the death of the Queen, making William now the heir to the throne.