"I know how honoured Her Majesty is to be your Queen, a title borne by her with immense pride and renewed by the people of this great country upon independence in 1975" - King Charles III, speaking as the Prince of Wales, in 2012
DAGUA - Papua New Guinea, as a member of the Commonwealth, is mourning the passing of its head of state, Queen Elizabeth II.
Elizabeth II, called Misis Kwin in PNG Tok Pisin, died aged 96 one week ago, Thursday 8 September.
As head of state, she is represented in PNG by the Governor-General. At the time of her death, she was head of state of 15 of the 56 nations associated with the Commonwealth.
PNG, Australia, Canada, Solomon Islands and New Zealand all recognised Elizabeth II as head of state and regnant queen.
Elizabeth II was the longest reigning monarch of the United Kingdom, born in 1926 and ascending the throne as Queen in 1952 after the death from cancer of her father King George VI. Her coronation was in 1953 when she was 25.
Her reign of 70 years and 214 days is easily the longest of any British monarch and the longest recorded of any female head of state.
She surpassed the record held by her great great grandmother, Queen Victoria, who reigned for 63 years from 1837 to 1901.
During her reign as head of state and Queen of PNG, Elizabeth II visited our country on three occasions - first in 1974 to commemorate PNG's self-government, then in 1977 to celebrate her Silver Jubilee (25 years as Queen) and finally in 1982 to celebrate 30 years as Queen.
Elizabeth II reached her Platinum Jubilee this year, reigning as Queen for 70 years. To celebrate this momentous occasion, her second child and only daughter, Princess Anne, came to PNG on a three day visit in April.
On Tuesday, the PNG government staged a proclamation ceremony in front of the national parliament affirming the sovereign rule of the new monarch and head of state, King Charles III, the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II and formerly Prince of Wales.
The ceremony was attended by PNG’s prime minister, deputy prime minister, governor general, speaker of parliament, parliamentarians and dignitaries.
The Royal Pacific Islands Regiment of the PNGDF gave 96 gun salute in honour of Elizabeth II and a proclamation of King Charles III as head of state was made. King Charles III also has the title of King of Papua New Guinea.
Charles III, 73, is now the 41st monarch in a succession tracing its origin to William the Conqueror who captured the English throne in 1066 AD and established the present day British dynasty.