The new ruler of the United Kingdom, King Charles III, has been formally declared. In the storied ritual that stretches back centuries, he swore to “follow the inspiring example” of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.
In his first speech to the country, the monarch, who rose to the throne on Thursday following Queen Elizabeth’s passing, praised her “life well lived” and reaffirmed her “commitment of everlasting service.”
The 96-year-old queen’s passing marked the end of a seven-decade reign during which time she became a beacon of stability in a turbulent globe.
A period of formal mourning has begun in the United Kingdom, and tributes to the late monarch have been made from all around the world.