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Two days after his mother’s death propelled him to the British throne, King Charles III has been officially proclaimed Britain’s monarch.
AP correspondent Karen Chammas has more.
Realizing the weight of his new role, Charles spoke of the “heavy responsibilities of sovereignty,” which have now passed on to him.
The accession ceremony is one step in the ceremonial process of Charles being introduced as king to the nation.
The room inside St.James’s Palace, where the meeting of the accession council took place, was filled with senior politicians.
They met without Charles officially confirming his title King Charles III.
The king then joined them delivering a declaration on his mother’s passing and his new duties as monarch.
Karen Chammas, London.
Ukraine announced major advancements in a strategic military counteroffensive against Russian forces Saturday, retaking a vital city and causing thousands of Russian soldiers to retreat from territory in northeastern Ukraine that they’d held since the start of the war in late February.
Ukrainian forces reported Saturday that they gained control of Izium and pushed Russian soldiers across the Oskil River.
Russia’s Defense Ministry confirmed it had pulled its forces out of Izium, claiming the move was planned.
Reports of the claims could not be independently verified.
Western military analysts say if the advances are confirmed it would put the Ukrainians in control of a main railway that Moscow uses to supply thousands of troops in eastern Ukraine.