Australia officially appointed King Charles III—the first new king after 70 years—as head of state at a state event on Sunday.
The proclamation was delivered by Australian Governor-General David Hurley at the country's parliament in Canberra. A series of proclamation ceremonies will also take place throughout the state parliament on Sunday, as quoted from the CNN World page, Sunday (11/9/2022)
A national memorial day will be held on September 22, after Prime Minister Anthony Albanese returns from the UK, where he will attend the Queen's funeral. A memorial service will also be held on that day, which has been declared a public holiday.
As head of state, Queen Elizabeth II has visited Australia 16 times.
"From his famous first trip to Australia, the only ruler ever to visit, it is clear His Majesty has a special place in his heart for Australia," Albanese said in a statement on Friday.
"Fifteen more tours before cheering crowds in every part of our country reinforce the special place he has in our country."
In 1999 Australia held a referendum on whether to remove the Queen as head of state, but the referendum was eventually defeated.
On Friday, there was a special event held at Sydney's iconic Opera House which was lit up in a special tribute to the Queen.
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