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City's proclamation of the Sovereign

Sunderland's ceremony to proclaim the accession of King Charles III is to be held in Minster Park.

Proclamation flag raised

The Mayor of Sunderland, Councillor Alison Smith will be conducting the city's ceremony at 3pm tomorrow (Sunday 11 September ) - the public are welcome.

Similar ceremonies are being held across the country on Saturday and Sunday.

These local ceremonies follow the Proclamation ceremony held today (Saturday 10 September) in St James's Palace, London.

The Proclamation in Sunderland will be read by the mayor, formally announcing to the city that a new monarch is in place.

Councillor Smith said: "Even as we mourn the loss of Her Majesty, there is still this historic function to perform as we look to supporting our new Sovereign. These local proclamations are an important ceremony and tradition that helped inform residents about the new monarch before the age of mass media."

To recognise the ceremony and the new sovereign, flags are flown at full-mast from the time of the Principal Proclamation at St James's Palace and return to half-mast on Sunday to mark mourning for the death of Her Majesty The Queen.

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