We’ll wrap up the live blog for today.
King Charles III was recognized as Australia’s head of state after a meeting of the federal executive council and a ceremony outside Parliament on Sunday.
The ceremony outside the parliament building included the playing of the national anthem and greetings to the country. Following the proclamation of King Charles III by Governor General David Hurley, a performance of “God Save the King” took place, followed by an indigenous spiritual dance and a 21-gun salute.
Similar ceremonies in the states appeared later.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Hurley will travel to the United Kingdom on Thursday for a memorial service. Queen Elizabeth II. Australia will be assisting Commonwealth-affiliated Pacific island states to travel to the ceremony.
As soon as they return next Wednesday, Thursday, September 22, will be declared a national day of mourning. This day will be a one-time public holiday that has been agreed upon by all states and territories.
Albanese dismissed talk of Australia becoming a republic in this parliamentary term, reaffirming the government’s policy of holding a referendum in the second term of Albanese’s Labor government.
We will be back again tomorrow. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy your evening.