Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today issued the following statement on the occasion of the proclamation of the accession of Canada’s new sovereign, His Majesty King Charles III:

“As we continue to mourn the loss of Canada’s oldest sovereign, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, we also look to the future with the proclamation of the accession of His Majesty King Charles III as Sovereign of Canada.

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles (His Majesty King Charles III)

“Canada enjoys a long history and close friendship with His Majesty King Charles III, who has visited our country many times over the years, most recently this spring to mark the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II.

“Throughout his naval career and subsequent involvement with over 400 organizations around the world, His Majesty King Charles III demonstrated his devotion to service. We have no doubt that his deeply felt commitment to education, environment and youth empowerment will provide a solid foundation from which he will continue to work for the betterment of the Commonwealth and its people.

“On behalf of the Government of Canada, we affirm our loyalty to the new King of Canada, His Majesty King Charles III, and offer him our full support.

Message from the Governor General on the occasion of the proclamation of the accession of His Majesty King Charles III

Canada, the Commonwealth and the world continue to mourn and bid farewell to our beloved monarch, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Throughout the 70 years of her reign, Her Majesty has been the epitome of service and inspiration, leading with grace and wisdom. Our collective grief is a reflection of the deep and enduring affection we had for our Queen and the very real connection she had with Canada. On behalf of all Canadians, I offer my deepest condolences to His Majesty the King.

Yet despite this great loss, the Crown endures and thrives as a symbol of service, tradition and commitment. His Majesty the King ascends at an important moment in the history of Canada and the Commonwealth. We face many complex challenges, many of which cannot be resolved without global cooperation and dedicated leadership. The Crown has come to reflect our ever-changing country and society, representing and fostering our relationships with each other, with Indigenous peoples and with the international community.

As we look to the future, I have the honor to represent the Crown in Canada and to proclaim the accession of His Majesty King Charles III—King of Canada. As we recognize this auspicious moment in history, we look forward to welcoming Her Majesty and The Queen Consort back to Canada and continuing important conversations about reconciliation, diversity and our global well-being.

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