During a ceremony on Saturday, his father King Charles III was officially proclaimed Britain’s new monarch after immediately succeeding his mother when the 96-year-old Queen Elizabeth II died on Thursday. On Friday, Charles had bestowed Prince William – who is now next in line to the throne – the title of Prince of Wales, which he had held himself for more than 50 years. But according to one royal expert, William is unlikely to get a big ceremony to invest him as the nation’s new Prince of Wales.
Twitter account “RoyalArjan” (@RoyalArjan), which is about “European royalty from the 19th century onwards”, wrote: “As King Charles III created his eldest son Prince of Wales so quickly, I don’t think it will be long before he will create his youngest brother, the Earl of Wessex, Duke of Edinburgh.”
But Marlene Koeing (@royalmusing), who describes herself as an “expert on British and European royalty”, replied: “I do not think however but I will be surprised if I’m wrong that there be no ceremony to invest William.
“It was a modern creation by George V, and the cost of such a ceremony especially when the coronation is going to be very costly.”
On Saturday, the Prince of Wales paid tribute to the Queen, praising the late monarch as an “extraordinary leader” as well as her “commitment to the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth”.
In the statement released by Kensington Palace, he also vowed to honour the Queen’s memory by supporting his father, King Charles III, “in every way I can”.
William’s statement read: “On Thursday, the world lost an extraordinary leader, whose commitment to the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth was absolute. So much will be said in the days ahead about the meaning of her historic reign.
“I, however, have lost a grandmother. And while I will grieve her loss, I also feel incredibly grateful. I have had the benefit of The Queen’s wisdom and reassurance into my fifth decade.
“My wife has had 20 years of her guidance and support. My three children have got to spend holidays with her and create memories that will last their whole lives.
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On Saturday, King Charles also paid tribute to the reign of the late Queen, “unequalled in its duration, its dedication and its devotion” as he was formally declared the nation’s new monarch during a historic ceremony.
During a sombre meeting of the Accession Council, King Charles spoke movingly about his mother and the grief his family is experiencing following her death on Thursday.
He paid tribute to millions of well-wishers, adding the “sympathy expressed by so many to my sister and brothers” had been the “greatest consolation”.
The ceremony was attended by a number of people, including the Prince of Wales and more than 200 privy counsellors – including six former prime ministers such as Boris Johnson, David Cameron and Tony Blair.
During his speech to them, King Charles III pledged himself to the task now before him and the “heavy responsibilities of Sovereignty”.
He added his mother would be his guide for the years following as he strived to “follow the inspiring example I have been set in upholding constitutional Government”.