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Penny Mordaunt was praised today for her ‘excellent’ job of officially announcing the Queen’s death and proclaiming Charles the new King of Great Britain.
The Conservative MP, the first woman to proclaim a new monarch, received online applause for ‘excellent work’ during Saturday morning’s ‘moving and somber’ ceremony.
Twitter users pointed out that Ms Mordaunt, who had been appointed to her new position by Prime Minister Liz Truss, had little time to prepare for the accession proclamation but still managed to be “highly polished” and with ” authority’.
Several suggested she was a better public speaker than Ms Truss and commented that they would rather she had been prime minister.
However, many joked about how Mrs Mordaunt became the very first ITV Splash! entrant to preside over a monarch’s accession.
They jokingly asked if she ever wanted to become “Lord President of the Council” while participating in the diving program.
Conservative MP, first woman to proclaim new monarch, received online applause for ‘excellent job’ at ‘moving and somber’ ceremony
Many have made fun of how Mrs Mordaunt has become the very first ITV Splash! entrant to preside over a monarch’s accession
The opening proceedings at the Accession Council, Lord President of the Council Penny Mordaunt, formally announced the death of Queen Elizabeth II and requested the Council Clerk to read aloud the text of the Accession Proclamation before the body signed the document.
The document contains the title chosen by Charles as king, already known as King Charles III.
Ms Mordaunt’s conduct during the ceremony was “wonderful,” many who watched the ceremony on television have proclaimed.
“Penny Mordaunt is doing an amazing job on a very moving and sombre unique occasion,” Chris Varley tweeted. ‘Uniquely never done before with an audience.’
“Penny Mordaunt has done her job very well,” said Dawn, Cheshire resident. “Four days since Liz Truss became Prime Minister. What a baptism of fire. Most of us have never seen these scenes before, a new Monarch, and may never see them again.”
User @Lizziedl added: ‘Penny Mordaunt does an excellent job. Esp considers the time to prepare.’
Writer Piers Torday said, “I could listen all day to the king say ‘Approved’ to Penny Mordaunt, maybe it’ll be my new ringtone.”
Penny Mordaunt was praised today for her ‘excellent’ job of officially announcing the Queen’s death and proclaiming Charles the new King of Great Britain
Some pointed out that the former reality show contestant probably didn’t expect to become the first woman to proclaim a new monarch.
“I wonder if Penny Mordaunt thought when she was on Splash, ‘Someday I’ll be Lord President of the Council and administer the new King’s proclamation,'” asked @terry61201, before adding: “Btw, I thought she was very good.’
User @Nina_Rotor quipped, “Now in honor of the new king’s leap into the new era of monarchy, Penny Mordaunt will be taking her 10-foot belly flop out of Tom Daley’s 2014 “Splash!” imitate. in the Privy Council’s compost-powered Jacuzzi spa.”
“It’s weird that Penny Mordaunt went on that Splash! program and now plays a part in the king’s swearing-in ceremony,’ repeated Scott Rogers-Wolfson.
Others suggested it must have been a “weird month” for Ms. Mordaunt and that she probably wasn’t expecting this when she started her new job earlier this week.
David Chipakupaku added: ‘What a bizarre month for Penny Mordaunt.’
Many complimented her ‘beautiful’ attitude, arguing that she should have been the UK’s new Prime Minister
Others said it was a ‘pity’ that Ms Mordaunt is not the country’s prime minister.
“God, I wish Penny Mordaunt was Prime Minister,” wrote Manchester resident George Lumley.
Penny Mordaunt. The Conservative Party should be ashamed that they never elected her to lead the country,” wrote user @sixtimes.
Der Petemann added: ‘Penny Mordaunt is beautiful. What a pity she is not our prime minister.’
Ms Mordaunt was appointed Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons in Ms Truss’s new cabinet, replacing Mark Spencer, on 6 September, with the Queen formally approving the appointment.
She has yet to be named Lord President at a Privy Council meeting, as the event was postponed on Wednesday when the Queen was asked to rest.
Ms Mordaunt has been a member of the House of Representatives since 2010. Most recently she was Minister of State at the Ministry of International Trade.
Ms Mordaunt was appointed Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons on 6 September. She is pictured on Saturday signing King Charles III’s proclamation of accession.
The Prince of Wales, the Queen Consort, Lord President of the Council Penny Mordaunt and Prime Minister Liz Truss are photographed at the Accession Council ceremony at St James’s Palace on Saturday morning
The appointment came after Ms. Mordaunt nearly blocked Ms. Truss’s power grab. The new prime minister appointed her to the role after Sir Iain Duncan Smith reportedly turned it down.
He told BBC Radio 4 earlier this week: ‘I’ve been offered an offer and said I won’t take it. I’m going back to the backseats again.’
In her new role, Ms Mordaunt will be responsible for the implementation of the government’s legislative programme.
Her function includes managing the affairs of the House of Commons and acting as the government’s representative in the House.
She will also chair the Parliamentary Affairs and Legislation Committee and the Membership Estimate Committee.
As Lord President of the Council, she will chair Privy Council meetings, make recommendations to the King and deal with ministerial correspondence and parliamentary questions relating to Privy Council matters.