A reading of the Proclamation marking the beginning of His Majesty King Charles III’s reign will take place in Margate on Sunday (September 11).
This follows the death of Queen Elizabeth II yesterday (September 8) who had reigned for 70 years.
Nationally, the Proclamation will be made at St James’s Palace on Saturday 10 September at 11am.
A second Proclamation will be read in the City of London, at the Royal Exchange at 12pm on the same day.
On Sunday 11 September The Proclamation will then be read in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. It will also be read by the High Sheriff at 1pm at County Hall in Maidstone.
The Proclamation will be read locally in Margate on Sunday 11 September by Cllr Jason Savage, Chairman of Thanet District Council.
The reading will take place at 3pm at Hawley Square. If the weather is inclement then the ceremony will be held in the Council Chamber, Cecil Street, instead. Members of the public are welcome to attend.
There may be a road closure that covers the one-way section of Hawley Square for the duration of the reading. Residents will be contacted directly to advise of this.
The Proclamation will also be read at 3pm Sunday 11 September in Birchington Square. Floral tributes can be laid on Dog Acre.
In Ramsgate at 3.30pm the Regional Proclamation will be read by town councillor Steve Albon at the flagpole at Wellington Crescent.
After the proclamation, the flag will be flown at half-mast until the day after the Queen’s funeral – expected to be on September 19 – which will be a bank holiday. Flowers may be left at the base of the flagpole.
A designated area will be set aside at Hawley Square for floral tributes to be laid if members of the public would like to do so. This area will be clearly defined. Flowers will remain in situ for the period of mourning.
People are asked to consider removing any cellophane, or plastic wrapping, so that at a later stage when the flowers are collected they can be composted.
The Union Flag is lowered to half-mast at Cecil Street and flags across the district will be flown at half-mast as a mark of respect. Blue Flag and Seaside Award flags will also be lowered during this time.
The only exception to this is on Proclamation Day which will see union flags raised for the Proclamation of the new sovereign.