The Proclamation of King Charles III
We, the people of Silloth-on-Solway are united during this period of National Mourning following the passing of our late Sovereign, Queen Elizabeth II on 8th September 2022. Our sadness at this time following the passing of our late Sovereign, Queen Elizabeth II is shared by people across the globe, as we remember with affection and gratitude the lifetime of service given by our longest reigning Monarch.
But the basis on which our monarchy is built has ensured that through the centuries the Crown has passed in an unbroken line of succession. The formal Proclamation marks the beginning of our new King’s reign.
Yesterday the Accession Council met at St. James’s Palace to proclaim our new Sovereign.
The flags which had flown at half-mast since The Queen’s death were raised briefly to their full height to mark the start of His Majesty’s reign.
The Accession Council also made an Order requiring High Sheriffs to cause the Proclamation to be read in the areas of their jurisdiction. The High Sheriff of Cumbria, Mr Alan McViety discharged that duty earlier today outside The Courts, in Carlisle.
The proclamation of the new Sovereign is a very old tradition which can be traced back over many centuries. The ceremony does not create a new King. It is simply an announcement of the accession which took place immediately on the death of the reigning monarch.
In an age where modern methods of communication convey news around the globe in an instant, the proclamation is no longer the means by which people learn for the first time that they have a new Monarch. This is one of the first occasions when communities have an opportunity to come together and reflect on the moment in our nation’s history when the reign of our longest-serving Monarch came to an end and our new Sovereign succeeded.
The Chairmen of the Districts and Boroughs within each County are presented with copies of the proclamation, so that they may read the Proclamation to the people. In Workington, the Allerdale Proclamation will be made by the Mayor of Allerdale, Cllr. Allan Daniels at Allerdale House in Workington.
A copy of the Proclamation is displayed on Town Council noticeboards and website, with a copy to be placed within the minute book of the Town Council.