THE BEGINNING of the reign of King Charles III was marked in Rugby with a formal Proclamation on Sunday (September 11).
Rugby Borough Councillors and spectators gathered outside the Town Hall as Mayor Carolyn Watson-Merret read an introduction to the service.
She said: “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 Borough of Rugby of the beginning of our new King’s reign.”
The flags which had flown at half-mast since the Queen’s death were raised briefly to their full height to mark the start of the King’s reign.
The Deputy Lieutenant of Warwickshire, Jill Samuda, read the words of the Proclamation.
Councillors then raised their hats while giving three cheers for His Majesty The King, before singing the national anthem.
The Civic Party then moved to Caldecott Park to view floral tributes left in memory of the Queen.