Charles III has been officially proclaimed the new King in a ceremony held on parliament steps today.
The New Zealand Proclamation of Accession ceremony was attended by the King’s representative, governor general Cindy Kiro, along with other dignitaries including prime minister Jacinda Ardern.
It follows the British Proclamation of Accession at St James’s Palace in London last night, NZ time. That ceremony was attended by King Charles, Prince William and Queen Consort Camilla, and the audience included former prime ministers Gordon Brown, Boris Johnson, David Cameron, Tony Blair and Theresa May, as well as new prime minister Liz Truss.
Meanwhile, the prime minister’s office has given a read-out of the PM’s first phone call with British prime minister Liz Truss last night.
PM Ardern congratulated PM Truss on her appointment and noted that this is a difficult time to have the “privilege of office” leading the UK through the grief at the loss of the Queen.
Ardern also expressed the great sense of loss felt in New Zealand at the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. The two discussed arrangements for the state funeral next Monday, and New Zealand’s participation in it.
The prime minister also invited PM Truss to visit New Zealand.