Proclamation of Accession

The Town Clerk of Tavistock, Carl Hearn  read The Proclamation of Accession at 11.00 am, on Monday 12th September 2022 in front of the Guildhall, Tavistock attended by local dignitaries. Members of the public were invited to attend.

The Town Clerk of Tavistock, Carl Hearn read The Proclamation at 11.00 am, on Monday 12th September 2022 in front of the Guildhall, Tavistock. Members of the public were invited to attend.

We come together this morning 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 the Town of Tavistock the beginning of our new King’s reign.  

On Saturday 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 are 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 the County of Devon discharged yesterday and now with my humble duty I will, in the absence of the Mayor overseas, read the Proclamation to the people of Tavistock.

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Proclamation of the Accession:



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.


NATIONAL ANTHEM – music provided by Pipe Major Gordon Macaoidh of the City of Plymouth Pipe Band


Dignitaries, Ladies and Gentlemen, this marks the end of the formal proclamation, thank you for attending. We have today marked both with gratitude and sorrow the passing of the late Queen Elizabeth II, and with this Proclamation marked the Accession of our New King, His Majesty King Charles III and extend our best wishes and fealty to the King and Queen consort.

Proclamation made by Mr Carl Hearn, Clerk to the Council,Tavistock Town Council

In attendance:Proclamation in Tavistock

Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Devon Ric Cheadle

Councillor James Ellis (Deputy Mayor of Tavistock Town Council)

Councillor Caroline Mott (Mayor of West Devon)

Devon County Councillor Debo Sellis

Reverend Rosie Illingworth

Town Crest