Proclamation of The King on the Minster Green

A crowd of several hundred gathered round the Minster Green and in the High Street for the Proclamation of the King on Sunday 11th September.  The Rector of Wimborne Minster the Revd Canon Andrew Rowland advised all gathered what was about to take place. Town Crier and Town Mayor’s Serjant Chris Brown then called for silence before the Town Mayor Cllr Carol Butter first announced the Town Council Statement and this was followed by the reading of the Proclamation.
It concluded with GOD SAVE THE KING and this was repeated by the Official Guests. All present then joined in saying God Save The King. The Town Crier then called for Three Cheers for His Majesty The King before the Wimborne Militia fired a Militia Salute.
You can read The Proclamation below:

Mayor read the Town Council statement below

“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.

Floral tributes may be laid on at The Minster Green and a Book of Condolence has been opened at the reception area of the Town Council Office and will be available to sign until Tuesday 20th September 2022.

The basis on which our monarchy is built has ensured that through the centuries the Crown has passed in an unbroken line of succession.  Today’s ceremony marks the formal Proclamation to the people of Wimborne Minster of 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 Dorset discharged that duty earlier today and now, with my humble duty, I now bring the words of the Proclamation to the residents of Wimborne Minster.

Ladies and Gentlemen, The Proclamation of the Accession:


Mayor to read the proclamation


Whereas it has pleased Almighty God to call to His Mercy our late Sovereign Lady Queen Elizabeth the Second of Blessed and Glorious Memory, by whose Decease the Crown of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is solely and rightfully come to The Prince Charles Philip Arthur George: We, therefore, the Lords Spiritual and Temporal of this Realm and Members of the House of Commons, together with other members of Her late Majesty’s Privy Council and representatives of the Realms and Territories, Aldermen and Citizens of London, and others, do now hereby with one voice and Consent of Tongue and Heart publish and proclaim that The Prince Charles Philip Arthur George is now, by the Death of our late Sovereign of Happy Memory, become our only lawful and rightful Liege Lord Charles the Third, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of His other Realms and Territories, King, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, to whom we do acknowledge all Faith and Obedience with humble Affection; beseeching God by whom Kings and Queens do reign to bless His Majesty with long and happy Years to reign over us.

Given at St. James’s Palace this tenth day of September in the year of Our Lord two thousand and twenty-two


Photo credit: Anthony Oliver
 1: The Town Mayor with the Rector, Curate, the Revd Nick Wells, the
Town Crier and the Militia at the conclusion of the event
2: The Town Crier, The Mayor and the Rector in conversation before
the Proclamation was read
3: Part of the large Crowd gathered to listen to the Proclamation