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Mayor attends Loyal Address at Buckingham Palace

Mayor attends Loyal Address at Buckingham Palace

20 March 2023
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Wokingham Borough Mayor Cllr Caroline Smith attended a presentation of Loyal Address by Privileged Bodies to The King on the occasion of His Majesty’s Accession to the throne. The event took place at Buckingham Palace in London on Thursday 9 March 2023.


The invitation to the Loyal Address was received from the Lord Chamberlain’s Office at Buckingham Palace to the Lord Lieutenant for the Royal County of Berkshire, Mr James Puxley. Mr Puxley invited up to 12 representatives from Berkshire to attend the Loyal Address ceremony and chose the Mayor as one of his representatives.


Privileged Bodies of the United Kingdom are institutions and corporations which enjoy the historic right to present an address to the Monarch in person. This right is exercised on significant occasions in the life of the Monarch. A senior representative of each body delivers a Loyal Address and, after each has been read, the Monarch responds and receives a copy of each.


During the Loyal Address, Mr Puxley delivered a Loyal Address to His Majesty King Charles III. A Loyal Address is a statement of loyalty to the crown by persons and corporations of esteem on any Royal occasion. The last Loyal Address took place in 2012 on the occasion of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee.


After the Loyal Address presentation, a reception followed which included canapés and drinks. Some representatives had the opportunity to speak to King Charles and other attendees at the event.


Wokingham Borough Mayor Cllr Caroline Smith said: “I am honoured to be chosen as one of Mr Puxley’s representatives to attend this momentous occasion. We are very fortunate the county of Berkshire became a Privileged Body when it received Royal status in 1974. The event has been wonderful and I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting other Privileged Bodies and representatives. I would like to extend my thanks to Mr Puxley for the invitation and congratulate him on his Loyal Address to The King.”

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