Made on Sunday 11 September 2022, at 6.00pm
We come together this afternoon following the passing of our late Sovereign, Queen Elizabeth the Second Our sadness at this time is shared by people across the globe, as we remember with affection and gratitude the lifetime of service given by our longest reigning Monarch. But the basis on which our monarchy is built has ensured that through the centuries the Crown has passed in an unbroken line of succession.
This statement from the Parish Council Chairman marks the formal Proclamation to the people of Ludvan Parish at the beginning of our new King’s reign. Yesterday the Accession Council met at St James’s Palace to proclaim our new Sovereign. The flags which had flown at half-mast since The Queen’s death were raised briefly to their full height to mark the start of His Majesty’s reign. The Accession Council also made an Order requiring High Sheriffs to cause the Proclamation to be read in the areas of their jurisdiction. The High Sheriff of Cornwall discharged that duty earlier today and now, with my humble duty, I now bring the words of the Proclamation to the residents of the Ludgvan parish.
The proclamation of the new Sovereign is a very old tradition which can be traced back over many centuries.
The ceremony does not create a new King. It is simply an announcement of the accession which took place immediately on the death of the reigning monarch.
In an age where modern methods of communication convey news around the globe in an instant, the proclamation is no longer the means by which people learn for the first time that they have a new Monarch. Today, however, is one of the first occasions when communities have an opportunity to come together and reflect on the moment in our nation’s history when the reign of our longest-serving Monarch came to an end and our new Sovereign succeeded.
Ladies and Gentlemen. The Proclamation of the Accession.