Heir to England’s throne, Prince Charles, will be officially proclaimed as King on Saturday. The ceremony will take place at St. Jame’s Palace in London, in front of a ceremonial body known as Accession Council comprising group of senior MPs, senior civil servants, Common wealth high commissioners and the Lord Mayor of London
The symbolic high point of the accession will be coronation when Charles becomes formally crowned, which owing to need for colossal preparation, might not happen today. Queen Elizabeth herself succeeded to the throne in February 1952 but was not crowned until June 1953.
As King, Charles becomes head of Commonwealth - the association of 56 independent countries and 2.4 billion people. In that, Charles will also be head of state for 14 countries, known as realms, including the UK. Realms comprise : Australia, Artigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Belize, Canada, Grenada, Jamaica, Papua New Guinea, St. Christopher and nevis, St. Lucia, St Vinent and the Grenadines, New Zealand, Soloman Islands and Tuvalu.
Charles’s wife, Camilla, becomes the Queen Consort - consort being the title meaning spouse of the monarch.