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Shrewsbury Proclamation in Pictures
12 Sep 2022

The Proclamation of King Charles III was held at The Quarry bandstand in Shrewsbury at the weekend - with the proclamation itself made by the High Sheriff of Shropshire Selina Graham - shown here in pictures from Shropshire Council or watch the livestream video below. A second proclamation was also held at Shrewsbury Castle, given by The Mayor of Shrewsbury. 

King Charles III formally acceded to the throne of the United Kingdom upon the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth II on the afternoon of September 8, before members of the Privy Council at St James' Palace in London. 

This formal proclamation was followed by an order from The Accession Council for the High Sheriffs across the country to read out the proclamation in the areas of their jurisdictions. Historically, before modern media, this may have been the only way communities learned of their new monarchs! 

This duty was discharged by Mrs Selina Graham, High Sheriff of Shropshire, in the presence of Mrs Anna Turner, His Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Shropshire the Chairman of Shropshire council and the Mayor of Shrewsbury in The Quarry on Sunday afternoon, attended by members of the general public who had gathered to watch the ceremony. 

The High Sheriffs, in turn, then commanded the town mayors to read the proclamation to their residents. Following the proclamation in The Quarry, it then fell to The Mayor Shrewsbury Councillor Elisabeth Roberts, at Shrewsbury Castle, in the presence of the Lord-Lieutenant and the High Sheriff, to read that proclamation to the people of Shrewsbury on behalf of Shrewsbury Town Council. 

The ceremony ended with Three Cheers for His Majesty the King. 

A soldier at the Proclamation of King Charles III in Shrewsbury
Salute from the High Sheriff at the Proclamation of the new King in Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury's Proclamation of the new monarch on Sept 11, 2022 showing a gathering crowd

The Proclamation

"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."