The County Proclamation of our new King has taken place today, (Sunday 11 September), at a ceremony held at the Guildhall in Worcester.
The ceremony was opened and closed by the Lord-Lieutenant of Worcestershire, the County’s Royal Representative.
The High Sheriff of the County, Andrew Manning-Cox, read the Proclamation of King Charles III, to those in attendance at the ceremony, a large audience outside of the Guildhall and to residents who were watching at home via the County Council’s YouTube channel, through which the ceremony was streamed live.
Councillor Chris Rogers, Chairman of Worcestershire County Council, said: “The Proclamation of the New Sovereign is a very old tradition which can be traced back over many centuries.
“It was a privilege to attend the Proclamation, of King Charles III in Worcester City Centre today. It was a poignant, moving and memorable moment for our county as we welcome the King into his reign.
“I would like to thank everyone involved in organising the ceremony and to members of our community who attended the ceremony in person and those who watched live at home. God save the King.”
After the Proclamation was read by The High Sheriff, in line with the tradition of sharing the news of the proclaimed new Monarch across counties, District Mayors and Chairmen received their copy of the Proclamation, to read in their own communities.
The Union Flag at County Hall was raised to full-mast when the Proclamation was made at St James’s Palace on Saturday and then returned to half-mast after the County Proclamation had been made.
There are a number of ways residents can pay their respect to our late sovereign, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
If you would like to sign a book of condolence, please visit the Book of Condolence webpages of the County Council website, where details of the physical books can be found as well as access to an online version all of which will be open until after the state funeral on Monday 19 September.
If you would like to place flowers in remembrance, these can be laid at Worcester Cathedral.
If residents and business would like to donate, Worcestershire Community Foundation has been suggested by the Lord-Lieutenant of Worcestershire, Lt Col Patrick Holcroft, for donations.
All information on people across Worcestershire can pay their respects are available on the dedicated Pay Your Respects pages of the County Council’s website.