King Charles III proclaimed Papua New Guinea head of state

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea — The leaders of Papua New Guinea held a ceremony Tuesday to honor the late Queen Elizabeth II and proclaim King Charles III because the nation’s new head of state.

Governor-Basic Bob Dadae and Prime Minister James Marape have been joined by dignitaries on the ceremony exterior Parliament within the capital Port Moresby.

Papua is one among 5 international locations in Asia and the Pacific the place the British monarch is head of state. In addition they embody Australia, New Zealand, the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu.

“In reflection of the life she lived, the exemplary performance of duties as the head of the state of Papua New Guinea, it is in this connection that we all gather here this morning to acknowledge her passing and to acknowledge and witness the ascension of the throne of King Charles III,” Marape stated.

Marape and different leaders will meet Charles on Friday, which coincides with Papua New Guinea’s forty seventh independence day anniversary, native media reported.

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