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10 and 11 September - The Principal Proclamation and Flag Flying

Saturday, 10 September - The Principal Proclamation and Flag Flying

The Accession Council will meet at 10.00 am, at St James's Palace in London to formally proclaim Charles as the new sovereign.

Protocol requires Flags to be flown at Full Mast between 11.00 am on Proclamation Day (Sat 10th)

until 3.00 pm on the following day (Sunday 11th).

A local reading of the Proclamation will be read at the Littlehampton War Memorial at 2.30 pm on Sunday 11th September by the Chair of Arun District Council.  All members of the public are invited to attend.

Flags will then return to Half Mast until 8.00 am on the morning following the State Funeral. 

The Accession Council and Principal Proclamation

The chosen Privy Counsellors – without the King – will gather at St James’s Palace to proclaim the new sovereign, joined by Great Officers of State, the Lord Mayor and City Civic party, Realm High Commissioners and some senior civil servants.

When the meeting begins, the Lord President announces the death of the sovereign and calls upon the Clerk of the Council to read aloud the text of the Accession Proclamation. It will include Charles’s chosen title as King – already known to be King Charles III.

The platform party – made up of Camilla and William, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Lord Chancellor, the Archbishop of York,

the Prime Minister, the Lord Privy Seal, the Lord Great Chamberlain, the Earl Marshal and the Lord President – sign the Proclamation.

The Lord President then calls for silence and reads the remaining items of business, which deal with the dissemination of the Proclamation

and various orders giving directions for firing guns at Hyde Park and the Tower of London.

Then Charles holds his first Privy Council, accompanied by Camilla, the new Queen Consort,

and William who are also Privy Counsellors, and makes his personal declaration and oath.

The first public proclamation of the new sovereign is read in the open air from the Friary Court balcony

at St James's Palace by the Garter King of Arms. Proclamations are made around the city and across the country.

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