The death of Queen Elizabeth and the accession of King Charles

Congratulatory messages from around the world are pouring into London after the official proclamation of Charles III as the new King of the United Kingdom.

The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, wished the new British monarch “a successful and glorious reign”.

King Felipe VI of Spain sent this message:

On the happy occasion of the proclamation of your accession to the throne, I wish to address to Your Majesty, in my name and in the name of the Spanish Government and people, our sincere congratulations.

Even Russian President Vladimir Putin sent well wishes saying, “Please accept my heartfelt congratulations on your accession to the throne. I wish Your Majesty success, good health and all the best.

Putin’s message comes as he wages war on Ukraine, a conflict in which the UK stands firmly with Kyiv.

The UK has sent weapons to Kyiv and provided military training to help the country defend itself against unprovoked Russian aggression.

Meanwhile, London Mayor Sadiq Khan also wished Charles well.

“On behalf of all Londoners, I wish our new monarch, King Charles III, every success as His Majesty takes on this momentous responsibility,” Khan said in a tweet.