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Historic proclamation of the accession of King Charles III

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10 September 2022

King Charles III

Everyone was invited to gather outside All Saints Church in Northampton on Sunday 11 September for an historic ceremony, when The High Sheriff of Northamptonshire, Crispin Holborow DL, formally proclaimed the beginning of King Charles III's reign to the people of Northamptonshire.

Proclamation of the Sovereign by the High Sheriff of Northamptonshire

The High Sheriff read the Accession Proclamation at the ceremony, which began at 12:45pm, with the proclamation being made at 1pm.

Everyone from across Northamptonshire was invited along to witness this historic event, and town centre road closures took place to ensure the safety of anyone who does so.

Then from 2:30pm onwards, Mayors read the same proclamation in their respective towns across Northamptonshire.

The Proclamation is Northamptonshire’s formal declaration of our new King’s accession to the Crown, at his approval and an historic event dating back centuries that has not taken place for 70 years.

This is an opportunity to be part of our nation’s rich history and I would encourage everyone to join us for the ceremony.
James Saunders Watson Esq, Lord-Lieutenant of Northamptonshire and the King’s personal representative in the county
It is an enormous privilege to have been selected for the position of High Sheriff of Northamptonshire and to have the duty of reading such a historic proclamation.High Sherriff of Northamptonshire, Crispin Holborow DL, personally appointed in the county by the Crown for matters of law, order and justice

The proclamations in our county followed national proclamations that were read out in London on Saturday. Proclamations where also read out in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland at midday on Sunday.

BBC footage of televised proclamation ceremony

In recognition of the new Sovereign, flags were flown at full mast from the time of the principal proclamation at midday on Saturday 10 September, until the local proclamations take place at 1pm on Sunday 11 September, when they will return to half-mast as The Queen’s mourning period continues.

Local Proclamations

  • 1pm All Saints Church, Northampton
  • 2:30pm Bozeat
  • 2:30pm Burton Latimer Town Council will be reading the proclamation within the Millennium Gardens in Burton Latimer
  • 2:30pm Corby Town Council, outside Corby Cube (By the Steelman statue)
  • 2:30pm Cottingham and Middleton, at the Flag pole on the corner of High Street
  • 2:30pm Cranford Parish Council, Outside the Memorial Hall
  • 2:30pm Far Cotton/Delepre
  • 2:30pm Gretton Parish Council, Gretton Village Hall
  • 2:30pm Kettering, Market Place, Kettering Town Council
  • 2:30pm Northampton, Guildhall
  • 2:30pm Rothwell Town Council: Proclamation in front of Holy Trinity
  • 2:30pm Wellingborough Town Council, Market Street
  • 2:30pm Wilbarston Parish Council
  • 3:30pm Nassington Parish Council in the churchyard of St Mary and All Saints Church
  • 4pm Barnwell - on the Green
  • 4pm Billing Parish Council
  • 4pm Brackley, the Proclamation will be read at Town & Parish level on the Piazza
  • 4pm Rockingham Parish Meeting – Village Hall
  • 4pm Higham Ferrers
  • 4pm Loddington, Churchyard at St. Leonards Church
  • 4pm Lowick - in the churchyard
  • 4pm Ringstead -  in The Community Garden
  • 4pm Slipton - in the churchyard
  • 4pm Grendon Parish Council, St Mary’s Church (Proclamation follows a service)
  • 4pm Rushden Town Council, The War Memorial
  • 4pm Raunds Town Council
  • 5pm Maidwell, St Mary the Virgin Church
  • 6pm Towcester Town Council steps of Town Hall building

This list may not be complete and details could change. Please check your town or parish council website and social media for further information.