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King Charles III: Melton Borough Mayor reads proclamation for new King

Updated: Sep 12, 2022

The mayor of the Borough of Melton Cllr Alan Hewson has read a proclamation for King Charles III at a special ceremony.

The event, at Melton's Parkside Building, was attended by residents of the Melton Borough and councilors along with local representees from Leicestershire Police, Royal British Legion and other local community groups.

Local residents and visitors in the town's Council Chamber before the proclamation of King Charles III. Photo: NEMM

Deputy Lieutenant of Leicestershire Anne Davies said: "We gather here for this latest reading of the proclamation of the accession of our new King, Charles III. This is an ancient tradition, but really one which is unique in our lifetimes.

This proclamation follows the national proclamation which took place yesterday in London. That was followed by those in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Hillsborough at noon today. Our high Sherrif read the first of the local proclamations in the City of Leicester at one o'clock this afternoon and now across our Boroughs and our districts we complete the reading of this proclamation as it cascades across the whole of our Country."

Deputy Lieutenant of Leicestershire Anne Davies addresses the visitors. Photo: NEMM

The proceedings were then handed over to the town's Mayor Cllr Alan Hewson who started the proclamation.

He read: "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."

Floral tributes for HM The Queen outside Melton Borough Council's Parkside building. Photo: NEMM

Deputy Lieutenant Colonel Richard Hurwood then took to the stage to simply address the audience with 'God Save The King' which was echoed by guests in the Council Chamber.

A local brass band then performed the National Anthem before Colonel Hurwood called for three cheers for His Majesty The King to which the guests loudly obliged.

A local Book of Condolence for Her Majesty The Queen has been opened in the Melton Borough Council Parkside offices. Members of the public are invited to pay their respects and sign the book between 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday.

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