Charles officially named king of Australia, New Zealand.

Britain’s King Charles III makes his declaration during a meeting of the Accession Council inside St James’s Palace in London on September 10, 2022, to proclaim him as the new King. – Britain’s Charles III was officially proclaimed King in a ceremony on Saturday, a day after he vowed in his first speech to mourning subjects that he would emulate his “darling mama”, Queen Elizabeth II who died on September 8. (Photo by Victoria Jones / POOL / AFP)

King Charles III was officially named monarch in Australia and New Zealand on Sunday, in tandem ceremonies marking his ascension to the throne.

In Canberra, Governor-General David Hurley proclaimed “Prince Charles Philip Arthur George to be King Charles III, by grace of God, King of Australia”.

At a similar ceremony in Wellington, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern hailed Charles, saying he “has long had an affection for Aotearoa New Zealand, has consistently demonstrated his deep care for our nation”.

The two ceremonies were relative formalities.

Both former British colonies have been independent for decades but retain the monarch as their head of state.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, who will leave for London this week to attend Queen Elizabeth’s funeral, announced that September 22 would be a public holiday in Australia to mark her death.

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