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The Proclamation of Accession

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Accession is when a new Sovereign takes the throne following the death of the previous King or Queen.

HRH The Queen died aged 96 at Balmoral Castle, Scotland, on Thursday, September 8, 2022.

King Charles III has succeeded to the throne and was proclaimed at the Accession Council at 10 am on Saturday 10th, in the State Apartments of St James's Palace.

The Proclamation of Accession is the publicising of the Accession. It is the formal method of sharing the news that the monarch has died and the heir has acceded to the throne.

Traditionally the Accession Council makes an Order requiring High Sheriffs to arrange for the Proclamation to be read in the areas of their jurisdiction. The High Sheriff for Greater London discharged that duty after HRH Queen Elizabeth's II death, followed by the High Sheriff of Northumberland, James Royds, on Sunday, September 11th.

The Privy Council has published the Accession Proclamation here.

Parish, Town, and Community Councils are invited to hold their own reading of the Proclamation.

A recording of Blyth Town Mayor Warren Taylor reading the Proclamation can be viewed below.


May HRH Queen Elizabeth II rest in peace. Long live the King.