The reading of the proclamation of the new sovereign

The official announcement of the new King, known formally as the Proclamation of His Present Majesty, was read by the Mayor of the Borough of Bracknell Forest, Cllr Ankur Shiv Bhandari, in Bond Square today (Sunday 11 September).

The Mayor was accompanied by the Leader of Bracknell Forest Council, Cllr Paul Bettison OBE and the Chief Executive, Timothy Wheadon.

Invited guests included elected members of the council, freemen of the borough, honorary aldermen, past mayors, the mayor’s chaplain, the coroner, the honorary recorder, borough police and fire commanders, deputy lieutenant, parish and town mayors and their clerks. Members of the public were also in attendance.

The proclamation read as follows:

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