Moment Prince William offers Queen Consort Camilla a steadying hand as she walks up steps in King Charles proclamation – revealing a new, warmer stage in the heir’s relationship with his stepmother
- William and Camilla’s relationship was difficult, even after she married Charles
- But the pair now seem closer than ever in a heartwarming moment at ceremony
- They attended the historic ceremony at St James’s Palace for King Charles III
- Prince of Wales walked behind Queen Consort to carefully guide her up steps
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This is the touching moment Prince William offers his stepmother Camilla, the Queen Consort, a guiding hand before she signed her husband’s declaration.
It marks a new era for the Prince of Wales and the Queen Consort after years of a difficult relationship while his mother Princess Diana split from Charles in 1992, and later divorce in 1996.
The hugely public breakdown of Charles and Diana’s marriage also displayed the frosty relationship between the now-Queen Consort and her stepson.
While William and Camilla’s relationship was not easy at first or for a number of years after her marriage to his father, he is closer with his stepmother and now especially so after the loss of Queen Elizabeth II.
Today Prince William and Queen Camilla attended the historic ceremony at St James’s Palace where King Charles III met with the Accession Council.
And as they walked into the hall where they were met with the Archbishop of Canterbury and several senior government officials, the Prince of Wales kindly put his arm out as he walked behind his stepmother, the Queen Consort.
This is the touching moment Prince William offers his stepmother Camilla, the Queen Consort, a guiding hand before she signed her husband’s declaration
The heartwarming gesture showed the pair having moved into a warmed stage in their relationship after years of difficult familial issues that the heir has slowly moved past.
They stood behind the King as he made his personal declaration on Saturday morning, showing a strong front despite years of heartache for Prince William who struggled with the loss of his mother and acceptance of his new stepmother.
Although Charles and Diana separated in 1992, their relationship ‘irretrievably broke down’ in 1986, with the new King having begun an affair that same year with Camilla.
The public image of both Charles and Camilla was tainted while William’s mother Diana was held in high regard – leaving the young prince to put up a wall with his stepmother, which he has only recently begun to break down.
King Charles III made a personal declaration on the death of his beloved mother Queen Elizabeth II as Britain’s new monarch was formally announced.
Paying tribute to the Queen at the Accession Council, the King said: ‘Her reign was unequalled in its duration, its dedication and its devotion. Even as we grieve, we give thanks for this most faithful life.’
Making his declaration, Charles III said: ‘My lords, ladies and gentlemen, it is my most sorrowful duty to announce to you the death of my beloved mother the Queen. I know how deeply you, the entire nation, and I think I may say the whole world, sympathise with me in the irreparable loss we’ve all suffered.
It marks a new era for the Prince of Wales and the Queen Consort after years of a difficult relationship while his mother Princess Diana split from Charles in 1992, and later divorce in 1996. The two are pictured walking into the ceremony at St James’s Palace today
While William and Camilla’s relationship was not easy at first or for a number of years after her marriage to his father, he is closer with his stepmother and now especially so after the loss of Queen Elizabeth II (pictured today as King Charles was formally proclaimed monarch)
‘It is the greatest consolation to me to know the sympathy expressed by so many to my sister and brothers. And that such overwhelming affection and support should be extended to our whole family in our loss.’
A source told the Daily Mail the Prince of Wales’ relationship with his father is ‘better than it ever has been’, they said in February, after the Queen announced Camilla’s title when Prince Charles, now King Charles III, was to become sovereign.
Broadcast cameras were allowed into the historic event giving the world a first glimpse of an ancient ceremony dating back centuries – and one of the first changes to convention instigated by the new King.
Prime Minister Liz Truss joined Camilla, Queen Consort, William, Prince of Wales and 250 other dignitaries including the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, the Lord Chancellor, the Archbishop of York Stephen Cottrell, the Prime Minister, the Lord Privy Seal, the Lord Great Chamberlain, the Earl Marshal and the Lord President to sign the proclamation at 10am.
They stood behind the King (pictured at St James’s Palace as he made his personal declaration on Saturday morning, showing a strong front despite years of heartache for Prince William who struggled with the loss of his mother and acceptance of his new stepmother
Former Prime Ministers Boris Johnson, Theresa May, David Cameron, Gordon Brown, Sir Tony Blair and Sir John Major, Labour former Cabinet minister Harriet Harman, the Mother of the House, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer and the high commissioners of the 14 Commonwealth countries where Charles III is Head of State, are also on the body of the Accession Council.
During the event the Lord President – Conservative MP Penny Mordaunt, appointed by Ms Truss – announced the death of the sovereign and called upon the Clerk of the Council to read aloud the text of the Accession Proclamation before the body signed the document. It includes Charles’s chosen title as King, already known to be King Charles III.
Charles III is expected to then enter for the second part of the council at 10.20am, attended only by privy counsellors and makes a personal declaration about the death of the Queen. He will take an oath to preserve the Church of Scotland and signs two documents to record it, with his wife Camilla and his son Prince William among those witnessing his signature.
At 11am a Principal Proclamation will be read in public for the first time by the Garter King of Arms in the open air from the balcony overlooking Friary Court at St James’s.
It will be followed by a flurry of Proclamations around the country, with the second one at City of London at the Royal Exchange at midday on Saturday, and further Proclamations in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales at midday on Sunday.
In recognition of the new Sovereign, union flags will be flown at full-mast from the time of the Principal Proclamation at St James’s Palace until one hour after the Proclamations in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, after which flags will return to half-mast in mourning for the death of the late Queen.
The ceremony is being staged a day later for King Charles III then normal practice because the announcement of the Queen’s death did not come until early evening on Thursday, meaning there was not enough time to set the plans in motion for Friday morning.
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