A future "climate king" takes over at an uncertain time for the UK and the world. The succession of King Charles is memorable because it took so long to happen.
Charles is the longest-serving heir apparent and his position, causes and scandals have been scrutinized throughout his life.
It was a poignant reminder to us that Britain's aging queen is in the twilight of her reign.
Prince Charles sits on his wife's throne in the Palace of Westminster, looking helplessly at his mother's crown, which sits in its place.
Elizabeth II has missed the State Opening of Parliament only twice before in her 70-year reign, both times because she was pregnant.
We are deeply saddened by the death of a cherished sovereign and much loved mother.