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READ: Proclamations for King Charles III carried out across United Kingdom

Proclamations for His Majesty King Charles III have been carried out across the nations of the United Kingdom. In special ceremonies, Charles III was proclaimed King in Edinburgh, Belfast and Cardiff as the nation continues to mourn the loss of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II who passed on Thursday 8th September.

In Edinburgh, the King’s Body Guard for Scotland, known as the Royal Company of Archers, marched from the Castle Esplanade to Mercat Cross for the proclamation ceremony. Soldiers from the Royal Regiment of Scotland also joined the ceremony where they carried out a special drill.

The Lord Lyon King of Arms read out the proclamation before the national anthem was sung. Many politicians were present at the ceremony including First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, Leader of the Scottish Conservatives, Douglas Ross and Leader of Scottish Labour, Anas Sarwar.

Following the Proclamation, gun salutes were fired from Edinburgh Castle.

In Northern Ireland, at Hillsborough Castle, a Proclamation Guard comprising one officer and 20 other ranks were provided by the 2nd Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment alongside the Band of the Royal Irish Regiment.

A 40-second fanfare was sounded by a bugler before the Proclamation was read out. Following the proclamation, a 21-gun salute was fired by the 206 (Ulster) Battery Royal Artillery.

At Cardiff Castle in Wales, the Herald of Arms Extraordinary, Tom Lloyd, and the Lord Lieutenant of South Glamorgan, Morfudd Meredith, read the new proclamation in English and Welsh before members of the 104th Regiment of the Royal Artillery fired a 21-gun salute.

First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford, and Secretary of State for Wales, Robert Buckland, were among those who attended the Proclamation ceremony at Cardiff Castle.

The Channel Islands have also officially proclaimed Charles III as King. In Jersey, the ceremony took place in Royal Square and was led by the Bailiff. There was also a 21-gun salute from Glacis Field.

In Guernsey, the Bailiff read the Proclamation from Crown Pier and a 21-gun salute was fired from Castle Cornet.

The Principal Proclamation of King Charles III took place at St James’s Palace on Saturday followed by a second proclamation at the Royal Exchange.

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