Proclamation ceremony for the new monarch takes place in Oxford – statement from Councillor Pressel
A formal reading of the proclamation of the accession of the new sovereign, King Charles III, took place at 1pm today (Sunday 11 September) at Carfax in Oxford.
Councillor Susanna Pressel, Chair of Oxfordshire County Council, said: “The proclamation ceremony brought our communities together to reflect on the end of the reign of our longest serving monarch and the succession of the new Sovereign.
“Although the passing of Queen Elizabeth II is a time of great sadness for the people of Oxfordshire, and for the nation and Commonwealth, today is also a moment of hope, a seamless continuation of our constitutional monarchy, with the proclamation of the accession of Charles III.
“We wish His Majesty well in his forthcoming duties and responsibilities.
“God save the King.”
The proclamation was read by Mark Beard, High Sheriff of Oxfordshire, who was accompanied by Marjorie Glasgow, Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire, and representatives of the county, city and district councils and other civic dignitaries.
As part of the national Proclamation of the new monarch, flags were raised to full height from 11am on 10 September.
Flags were then lowered at 2pm on 11 September and will remain at half-mast until the day after the funeral.
The proclamation of a new monarch is an age-old ceremony last performed in February 1952 on the Accession of Queen Elizabeth II.
You can watch the ceremony here, and view further photographs of the event below:
(Photographs and video, courtesy of Oxford City Council)