FOLLOWING the death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II on September 8, and the national reading of the Proclamation in London held on Saturday to announce the beginning of the reign of King Charles III, hundreds of people gathered yesterday, Sunday, at a public Proclamation event outside Winchester’s Great Hall.
The Proclamation was read by the High Sheriff of Hampshire, Lady Edwina Grosvenor. It was also broadcast via live webcast and can be viewed again on the Hampshire County Council Youtube channel.
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. GOD SAVE THE KING
Books of Condolence
A Book of Condolence is open at the Great Hall in Winchester, offering people the opportunity to add their thoughts and memories of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, together with messages of sympathy to the Royal Family.
It will remain open until 5pm on the day following the funeral.
A Book of Condolence is also open at Winchester Cathedral.
Messages of sympathy may also be posted on the virtual Book of Condolence, available on the Royal website. www.royal.uk
Flags have been lowered to half-mast at Hampshire County Council’s headquarters buildings in Winchester, and a number of public meetings and engagements have been cancelled or postponed, as a mark of respect. Full details of which public meetings have been affected can be found on the County Council’s Calendar of Meetings webpages.
The State Funeral of Her Majesty The Queen will take place at Westminster Abbey on Monday, September 19, at 11am.
Prior to the State Funeral, The Queen will Lie-in-State in Westminster Hall for four days, to allow the public to pay their respects.
Monday, September 19, will be a bank holiday to coincide with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s State Funeral.