The local proclamation took place on Sunday 11 September in front of the Town Hall, Torquay, it was led by the Deputy Civic Mayor, Councillor Cecilia Brown and read by the Devon High Sheriff. The local community came together to reflect on the moment when the reign of our longest-serving Monarch Queen Elizabeth II came to an end and our new Sovereign succeeded.

During the ceremony, the flag on the Town Hall was raised to full mast, after which it was returned to half-mast where it will stay until 8am on the day following Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral.

Local Proclamation - Sunday 11 September 2022

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

The High Sheriff calls for three cheers for His Majesty The King, Charles the Third.

God save our gracious King,
Long live our noble King,
God save the King!
Send him victorious,
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us,
God save the King!