The President of Russia, President Vladimir Putin on Sunday morning offered his ‘sincerest congratulations’ to Britain’s King Charles III after he was officially proclaimed the new monarch at a pomp-filled ceremony in London on Saturday.
Putin in a telegram addressed to the new king which was obtained by Africa Today News, New York, said; ‘Please receive my sincerest congratulations on your accession to the throne, I wish Your Majesty success, robust health, and above all the best.’
The Kremlin went on to state that the Russian federation wishes the new Monarch the very best on the throne.
Africa Today News, New York had earlier reported that King Charles III was officially announced as Britain’s monarch Saturday, in a pomp-filled ceremony steeped in ancient tradition and political symbolism — and, for the first time, broadcast live.
Charles automatically became king when his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, died on Thursday, but the accession ceremony is a key constitutional and ceremonial step in introducing the new monarch to the country.
Scores of senior politicians past and present, including Prime Minister Liz Truss and five of her predecessors, gathered in the ornate state apartments at St. James’s Palace for the meeting of the Accession Council.
The new king formally approved a series of orders — including one declaring the day of his mother’s funeral a public holiday. The date of the state funeral has not been announced, but it is expected to be around Sept 19.
This is the first time the accession ceremony has been held since 1952, when Queen Elizabeth II took the throne.
Charles was accompanied at the ceremony by his wife Camilla, the Queen Consort, and his eldest son Prince William. William is now heir to the throne and known by the title Charles long held, Prince of Wales.
The ceremony ended with a royal official publicly proclaiming King Charles III the monarch from a balcony at the palace — a relic of centuries past, when this would have been the first official confirmation the public had of their new sovereign.