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The Reading of the Proclamation

9 September 2022

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The local Reading of the Proclamation of the new Sovereign, King Charles III, will take place at Royal Plain, Lowestoft on Sunday 11th September from 3:30pm. Members of the public are invited to attend.

In line with the National Protocol, the Union Flags at Royal Plain and the Town Hall will be raised to full-mast at 11am on Saturday 10th September as the Principal Proclamation is read out from the balcony at St James’s Palace, London and return to half-mast on completion of the local Reading to again mark the period of national mourning.

The Service Sheet for the Reading of the Proclamation of the new Sovereign

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 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.  The Reading of the Proclamation 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 comes to an end and our new Sovereign succeeded.