A striking image of King Charles III during Saturday’s formal proclamation ceremony dominates the front page of The Observer.
The paper also writes that Russian forces are in retreat after they were forced to abandon a crucial rail hub and a major base in the Kharkiv region.
The Observer – Charles III assumes ‘the heavy duties of sovereignty’
To a blast of trumpets, King Charles slipped into the role that was his destiny
The Guardian says ‘It’s the moment I have been dreading,” the new King said to the new prime minister on Friday, “but you do try to keep things going.” This morning, in the ancient courtyard of St James’s Palace, and among 200 assembled privy counsellors, the inevitability of that fact became law: the reign of King Charles III was formally proclaimed. While at one end of the Mall long lines of mourners clutching supermarket flowers were patiently queueing to leave their tribute at the gates of Buckingham Palace, in the upper rooms of its older Tudor neighbour constitutional cogs smoothly ratcheted the succession.
The ceremony of accession was witnessed for the first time by television cameras. Viewers across the world watched Penny Mordaunt, leader of the privy council since last Wednesday, preside over a ceremony unchanged for 300 years. The new King addressed an audience including six of the 14 former prime ministers who served under his mother, their heads bobbing allegiance like extras in a Holbein painting.
Ukrainian counter-offensive in north-east inflicts a defeat on Moscow
The Guardian says Ukraine’s lightning counter-offensive in the north-east of the country has inflicted an extraordinary defeat on Moscow, prompting the Russian army to pull back thousands of troops after suffering a series of battlefield defeats.
In a day of momentous developments, Ukrainian forces confirmed the liberation of the crucial rail hub of Kupiansk and shortly after seized Izium, the major base for Moscow’s forces in the Kharkiv region.
Within hours of Izium’s fall, Russia’s defence ministry admitted that it was pulling back its forces from the region.
In developments unforeseeable just a few days ago, Russian officials said troops would be moved from the Balakliia and Izium areas to help its operation in Donbas, mirroring the justification the Kremlin gave for withdrawing its forces from the Kyiv region soon after the start of the seven-month war.
NHS is ‘over the precipice’, warns nurses’ leader as strike vote looms
The Guardian says Nurses will vote to go on a national strike for the first time in their history because the NHS has “gone over the precipice” and may not survive, the leader of the UK’s largest nursing union has told the Observer.
Pat Cullen, general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), said there is anger among nurses, who feel that ministers do not believe they are important.
In an exclusive interview with the Observer before the ballot on industrial action, Cullen recalled a conversation with frontline staff at a major hospital: “They said to me, ‘We’re not important to the government. We were seen as important during the pandemic, but we’re not important now. We don’t think the government will do anything for us’.
The Princess of Wales: Kate will ‘create her own path’ for the role
The Guardian says The former Duchess of Cambridge intends to “create a new path” as she takes on her role as Princess of Wales, she has said.
King Charles confirmed the change to the roles of heir apparent Prince William and his wife in his first speech to the nation as monarch on Friday evening.
The Princess of Wales title has been used since the 14th century by the wife of the heir apparent to the English, and later British, throne.
It has not been formally used since William and Harry’s mother Diana died in 1997, when William was 15 – and is likely to be hugely emotive for many because of the close associations with her.
Iga Swiatek holds off Ons Jabeur rally to win US Open women’s singles
The Guardian says Iga Swiatek and Ons Jabeur entered Arthur Ashe Stadium as the two best players in the world, the ones who have outperformed the rest of the field this year. Yet by the end of the match, the landscape of women’s was even clearer. Jabeur gave all she could, she forced her way back into the match from the verge of a crushing defeat, but Swiatek is the singular dominant force in the sport.
After navigating her various struggles through the summer and the tournament, the 21-year-old played with total freedom with the title on the line and then held off a late surge from Jabeur, holding on to win the US Open for the first time in her career with a tense 6-2, 7-6(5) win.