King Charles III has been formally proclaimed as the UK’s new monarch. He honored his mother’s “life well lived” and renewed her “promise of lifelong service” in his first address on Friday.
The King, who ascended to the throne Thursday after Queen Elizabeth II’s death, named his eldest son William as Prince of Wales.
The death of the 96-year-old Queen ended a generation-spanning, seven-decade reign that made her a beacon of stability in a tumultuous world. The UK has entered a period of official mourning, with tributes pouring in from around the world. Details for her funeral are expected to be released soon.