LONDON — Thousands of people from the UK and around the world flooded the streets outside St James’s Palace in London on Saturday morning, hoping to catch a glimpse of King Charles III as he was officially proclaimed the newest monarch of Great Britain.
The public began to gather around 9 a.m. as police barricaded and members of the media began pointing their cameras at the historic palace. Since 1536, it has hosted secular proclamation ceremonies.
It was the first time in the event’s history that it was televised.
Among the crowd was Jane Gould Smith. The 66-year-old from Linfield, Surrey, England, joined her daughter to witness one of many historic moments that have unfolded here since Queen Elizabeth II died on Thursday.
“It’s an honor to be here and so close to a place where history is being made,” she said.
As the Archbishop and Prime Minister entered the historic palace, crowds rushed to snap photos of passing dignitaries with their phones and cameras.
At one point they even launched the country’s national anthem, “God Bless the King”, which recalls the last song before Queen Elizabeth II came to power 70 years ago.
“It’s something a lot of us have never seen and will never see again,” Gould-Smith said.