The Reading of The Surrey Heath Proclamation - Order of Service

The Reading of The Surrey Heath Proclamation Mayor of Surrey Heath Crest

11 September 2022, 4:30pm

Welcome

Reverend Andreas Sistig, Assistant Area Dean Vicar, of St Annes Church, Bagshot.

The Mayor of Surrey Heath - Councillor Helen Whitcroft

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. Today’s ceremony marks the formal Proclamation to the people of Surrey Heath 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 Queens 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. It was that task which the High Sheriff of Surrey discharged earlier this afternoon and with my humble duty I now read the Proclamation to the people of Surrey Heath.

Ladies and Gentlemen. The Proclamation of the Accession.

A 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.

God Save The King

The People Reply -
God save The King! God save The King!

National Anthem – (one verse to be sung) Led by Jen Merchant

God save our gracious King.
Long live our noble King.
God save the King.
Send him victorious,
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us,
God save the King.

The Acclamation

The Mayor - Three cheers for His Majesty the King!

Closing Remarks

Blessing and Dismissal Reverend Andreas Sistig, Assistant Area Dean Vicar, of St Annes Church, Bagshot.