Huge crowds at Preston Flag Market as Lancashire officially hails King Charles III as new monarch

Huge crowds gathered outside the Harris Museum for the symbolic ceremony

Thousands of people packed out Preston to formally welcome King Charles III as the new monarch this afternoon (September 11).

A proclamation ceremony was held outside the Harris Museum today following the official event at St James’s Palace in London yesterday. Crowds of people attended the event in Preston which was echoed across the UK.

Floral tributes have been laid at the Obelisk by Preston Flag Market which was unveiled by Queen Elizabeth II on May 10 in 1979 following its restoration and re-erection on this site to mark the 800th anniversary of the granting of a charter to the borough by King Henry II. A book of condolence has also been opened at Preston Town Hall.

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During today’s ceremony Lord Shuttleworth, Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire, The Queen’s representative, accompanied the High Sheriff of Lancashire, Martin Ainsworth DL, who read the Proclamation for Lancashire, from the steps of the Harris Museum and Art Gallery at 1pm. The same ceremony was held in towns and cities across the UK.

Preston’s Mayor, Councillor Neil Darby, said: “The people of Preston will forever remember her visit to the City in 2002 as part of her Majesty’s Golden Jubilee and the honour Her Majesty bestowed by granting City Status to Preston as part of her Jubilee celebrations.

“On behalf of the City of Preston, I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences to His Majesty The King and all the Royal Family as this time of great sorrow. God Save The King.”

The union flag was lowered to half mast following the announcement of Queen Elizabeth II’s death on Thursday. The flag was returned to full mast on Saturday and will now be lowered again following the proclamation ceremony and will remain so until the end of the official period of mourning.

A proclamation ceremony was also held in Carlisle where huge crowds gathered outside The Courts, on English Street, Carlisle. The High Sheriff of Cumbria, Alan McViety, read out the proclamation before members of the public were invited to sing the national anthem and say ‘God save the King’.

King Charles III has already confirmed that the day of his mother’s funeral, Monday September 19, will be a bank holiday. Schools have also announced they will close for the day.


Amy FentonSenior reporter
  • 14:33, 11 SEP 2022

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