For the first time in 70 years an ancient and solemn announcement proclaiming the new Sovereign was made on the steps of the Old Marylebone Town Hall this afternoon
The Lord Mayor of Westminster Cllr Hamza Taouzzale read out the decree in front of past Lord Mayors, councillors in robes, the Representative Deputy Lieutenant of Westminster, Honorary Alderman, the MP for the Cities of London and Westminster, the MP for Westminster North, and members of the public, who had come to witness the historic event.
As is protocol the Union flag, which had been at half-mast out of respect for the Queen who passed away on Thursday, was raised for the Proclamation of King Charles III.
The ceremony began with a fanfare followed by with the Deputy Lieutenant Kevin Traverse-Healy introducing the Lord Mayor.
Cllr Taouzzale then read the words of the proclamation:
Whereas it has pleased Almighty God to call to His Mercy our late Sovereign Lady Queen Elizabeth the Second of Blessed and Glorious Memory, by whose Decease the Crown of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is solely and rightfully come to The Prince Charles Philip Arthur George:
We, therefore, the Lords Spiritual and Temporal of this Realm and Members of the House of Commons, together with other members of Her late Majesty’s Privy Council and representatives of the Realms and Territories, Aldermen and Citizens of London, and others, do now hereby with one voice and Consent of Tongue and Heart publish and proclaim that The Prince Charles Philip Arthur George is now, by the Death of our late Sovereign of Happy Memory, become our only lawful and rightful Liege Lord Charles the Third, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of His other Realms and Territories, King, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, to whom we do acknowledge all Faith and Obedience with humble Affection; beseeching God by whom Kings and Queens do reign to bless His Majesty with long and happy Years to reign over us.
Given at St. James’s Palace this Tenth day of September in the year of Our Lord Two thousand and twenty-two.
He then called: “God Save The King!” The public replied in similar fashion.
The dignitaries and the public then offered a hearty Three Cheers to the new King.
The Lord Mayor’s official mace bearer who had held it inverted for the ceremony to “nullify it’s power” out of respect for the new monarch, then returned it to its upright positioning.
Following the reading, the flag was again lowered and will remain so for the next few days during the period of national mourning.
Speaking after the short ceremony, the Lord Mayor said:
This was a solemn duty but it was an honour and privilege to carry it out.
The Queen has been a constant in the lives of so many. Her passing truly is the end of an era.
My grandfather worked as a porter in Buckingham Palace for 30 years and would tell me how the Queen would always ask how he was when he saw her.
Many, many years later I was invited to Buckingham Palace to attend the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations and there I met three future kings, Princes Charles, William, and George.
It was a proud moment and one I shall never forget.
Published: 11 September 2022