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Arrangements for Local Proclamations ceremonies for King Charles III

Posted on 9 September 2022

A Local Proclamation will take place in South Holland on Sunday 11 September in an historic tradition to formally announce King Charles III as Monarch. 

The Royal proclamation is a tradition going back centuries and follows strict protocol. The announcement of the new King will start in London before local proclamations are made across the UK.

What is the process?

King Charles III will be formally proclaimed monarch at a historic Accession Council on Saturday 10 September at 10am.

Following the Accession Council, the Principal Proclamation of the new sovereign will be made on the balcony of St James' Palace at 11am followed by The Royal Exchange, City of London.

On Sunday, September 11, further proclamations will take place around the UK specifically at Edinburgh By Lord Lyon King of Arms at Mercat Cross and the drawbridge to Edinburgh Castle; Cardiff by Wales Herald Extraordinary at Cardiff Castle and Belfast by Norroy and Ulster King of Arms.

Once these have taken place the High Sheriff of each county will read their proclamation. In Lincolnshire this will take place at Lincoln Cathedral on Sunday 11 September.

Following Lincoln, proclamations will move to district authorities.

The local Proclamation will be read by Cllr Paul Redgate, Chairman of South Holland District Council at 3pm on Sunday 11 September outside the priory Road offices, Spalding.

Members of the public may wish to attend and are encouraged to follow any guidance at the time.

Each proclamation will last around 15 minutes and will be broadcast live across the council's social media wherever possible.

What happens to the Union Flag for the Proclamation?

The Union Flag at the Priory Road offices is currently flying at half-mast as the nation mourns the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.

To coincide with the King's Proclamation at St James' Palace, the Union Flag will be raised to the mast head at 11am on  Saturday 10 September and will remain at full mast until 1pm on Sunday 11 September.

At 3pm on Sunday, September 11 the flag will be raised to mast head for the reading of the local Proclamation.

After the ceremony, it will be lowered to half-mast where it will remain until after the state funeral.

The service will end with the singing of the National Anthem, God Save the King.