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Papua New Guinea Proclaims King Charles III as Head of State

Papua New Guinea has  formally proclaimed King Charles III as head of State.

The proclamation ceremony took place outside the Papua New Guinea Parliament House this morning. 

The proclamation of Charles as monarch comes following the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth II, last Friday. 

Papua New Guinea Proclaims King Charles III as Head of State  [Photo by NBC News PNG]

The Queen died at the age of 96. 

King Charles III has had a long-standing relationship with Papua New Guinea over the years.  

He first visited the country in 1966 as the Prince of Wales and was also present to officially open the House of Legislation in 1984.

A proclamation ceremony was held outside the parliament house around 7am this morning signifying the ascension of King Charles III. 

Governor General Grand Chief Sir Bob Dadae officiated at the historical event, attended by Prime Minister James Marape, his Deputy John Rosso, and Speaker Job Pomat among others. 

The ceremony was marked by a 96-gun salute in honour of the Queen and the proclamation of King Charles IIl as Head of State and a moment of silence. 

Prime Minister Marape said the passing of the Queen is unmatched in a 70-year reign and on behalf of the nation, he would pass the country’s condolences to the royal family. 

After the ceremony, Mr. Marape and Governor General Sir Bob Dadae departed for England to attend the Queen’s funeral set for next Monday and also meet with King Charles III. 

A public holiday has been declared for Monday to honour Queen Elizabeth II.

NBC News / PNG Today 

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