Following the passing of our late sovereign, Queen Elizabeth II, a traditional proclamation was made by the Mayor of North Lincolnshire on Sunday 11 September on Cole Street in Scunthorpe.
Cllr John Briggs formally announced the death of Queen Elizabeth II and the accession of our new monarch, King Charles III.
Residents from across North Lincolnshire attended the proclamation, which is an old tradition traced back across many centuries.
In the modern age, a local proclamation is no longer the means by which the people will learn for the first time that they have a new monarch but a chance for residents in North Lincolnshire to come together to mourn the death of our longest serving monarch and mark the start of the reign of His Majesty King Charles III.
Cllr Briggs said:
We come together this afternoon following the passing of our late Sovereign, Queen Elizabeth the Second.
Our sadness at this time is shared by people across the globe, as we remember with affection and gratitude the lifetime of service given by our longest-reigning Monarch.
The basis on which our monarchy is built has ensured that through the centuries the Crown has passed in an unbroken line of succession.
Today’s ceremony marks the formal Proclamation to the people of North Lincolnshire and the beginning of a 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.
It was that task which the High Sheriff of Lincolnshire discharged earlier this afternoon and with my humble duty I now read the Proclamation to the people of North Lincolnshire:
Ladies and Gentlemen. The Proclamation of the Accession.
Whereas it has pleased Almighty God to call to His Mercy our late Sovereign Lady Queen Elizabeth II 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.
I therefore, Councillor John Briggs, the Mayor of North Lincolnshire Council, do now hereby with my 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 own lawful and rightful liege lord Charles III, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland and of all 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 on the tenth day of September in the year of our Lord two thousand and twenty-two.
God Save The King.
A video of the proclamation can be viewed on our Facebook channel.