On Sunday, 11th September 2022 at 2:00pm, Southwater Parish Council held the Proclamation outside the Parish Council offices at Beeson House, 26 Lintot Square, Fairbank Road, Southwater.
The Vice Chairman read out a statement on behalf of the Chairman of the Council:
"This solemn day is one of profound sadness, as news of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second goes out across the world. It is a milestone in our history, and it marks the gentle and dignified close of the longest reign of any monarch this country has ever known.
She was part of us all, held fast in the hearts of millions of people with the deepest respect, admiration and, above all, love. I know that I speak for so many when I express my heartfelt gratitude for her, for her selfless and steadfast service to her people, for all she did for us and for the world, and for the extraordinary example she set. Her memory will endure. May she rest in peace.
My thoughts and my prayers are with all the members of the Royal Family, as well as with Her late Majesty's staff and household. I have written a private message of condolence to the Royal Family on behalf of the people of Southwater and also a message in the Book of Condolences held at the Parish Offices.
In particular, my thoughts and prayers are with The King, as he prepares for his Coronation and for the days to come. I hope and believe that he and his family will be sustained in their grief by the deep affection that will be shown for his mother as she is laid to rest, and that he will be strengthened by this as he takes his place as our Monarch and a new chapter of our history is born."
Followed by the Proclamation:
“Whereas it has pleased almighty God to call to his mercy our late Sovereign lady Queen Elizabeth II 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.
It has now been proclaimed 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 III, by the grace of God, of the United Kingdom 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."
“God save the King.” to which those in attended repeated "God save the King".
After reading the Proclamation the Vice Chairman confirmed the Union Jack would be lowered back to half-mast.
Thank you to all the residents and Councillors of past and present that attended. Your support and presence was greatly appreciated.