Crowds descend on Birkenhead to hear Proclamation of King Charles III
More than 700 people gathered outside Birkenhead Town Hall (on Sunday 11 September) to witness the formal Proclamation of the Accession of King Charles III.
The ceremony was led by the Mayor of Wirral, Cllr Jeff Green, who delivered the Proclamation Reading alongside the Leader of the Council, Cllr Janette Williamson, and the Deputy Lieutenant Nigel Lanceley, who represented His Majesty the King.
Crowds enjoyed stirring renditions by Wirral Pipe Band and the Clan McKay Drummers, before the Civic party processed onto the balcony overlooking Hamilton Square for reading of the Proclamation at 2.30pm.
Flags at Birkenhead and Wallasey Town halls were raised to full-mast to mark the occasion, but were lowered again afterwards and will remain at half-mast for the duration of the period of National Mourning for our late Sovereign.
You can watch the live stream at of the Proclamation service on Wirral Council Facebook page.
The historic Proclamation read:
PROCLAIMING THE NEW SOVEREIGN
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 twenty thousand and twenty-two.
GOD SAVE THE KING