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Wokingham borough proclamation for the new Sovereign

Wokingham borough proclamation for the new Sovereign

09 September 2022
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King Charles III sat at a desk with a silver dish and a photograph of Her Majesty the Queen
King Charles III

Tomorrow Saturday 10 September is Proclamation Day and this is the day when the new Sovereign is proclaimed.  The Principal Proclamation takes place at St James Palace in London at 11am.


The proclamation of the new Sovereign is a very old tradition which can be traced back over many centuries. The ceremony does not create a new King. It is simply an announcement of the accession which took place immediately upon the death of the reigning monarch. The proclamation is no longer the means by which people learn for the first time that they have a new Monarch as technology has moved on significantly since. Tomorrow, however, will be one of the first occasions when communities have an opportunity to come together and reflect on this moment in our nation’s history when our new Sovereign succeeds.


Local archives have shown that previous local Proclamation readings for King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II have taken place at Wokingham Town Hall. And in keeping with this tradition, The Wokingham Borough Mayor, who is the first citizen of the Borough, will lead the proclamation reading at the Wokingham Town Hall on Sunday 11 September at 2pm. This ceremonial event is kindly being hosted by Wokingham Town Council. Representatives from all the town and parish councils across the Wokingham Borough have been invited to attend along with many other local dignitaries.


Members of the public are also very welcome to join the Borough Mayor for the Local Proclamation reading at 2pm at Wokingham Town Hall.


There will be temporary road closures to keep people safe in the Market Place as the number of people who may join us is unknown.  Traffic will not be able to go through the town from 11.30am to 4pm.   The alternative route for all southbound traffic shall be via A329 Rectory Road, A329 Wiltshire Road, A329 Peach Street, Easthampstead Road, Heathlands Road, B3439 Nine Mile Ride, A321 Sandhurst Road and A321 Finchampstead Road, Molly Millars Lane, Barkham Ride and Station Approach.


The alternative route for all northbound traffic shall be via Cross Street and Rose Street.


All off-road town centre car parks will be open on Sunday. See the council’s website for a list of car parks. A small number of disabled bays in the town centre will be lost. To help with disabled access, there will be marshals in high visibility vests around the town centre to help.



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