Crowd gathers in George Square for Glasgow’s proclamation of King Charles III

Craig Turnbull, Sheriff Principal. Photo by Billy Knox Glasgow Times camera club
Craig Turnbull, Sheriff Principal. Photo by Billy Knox Glasgow Times camera club

A crowd of several hundred gathered in George Square to hear the proclamation of King Charles III.

Sheriff Principal, Craig Turnbull, read the proclamation at 12.45pm,  on Sunday, followed by the singing of the national anthem, God Save The King.

In line with other ceremonies across the United Kingdom, in front of a military presence and politicians across parties, Mr Turnbull gave notice of the death of the Queen and of the accession of Charles.

The ceremony took place as the Queen’s cortege was making its way from Balmoral to Edinburgh, via Aberdeen and Dundee.

The coffin will remain in Edinburgh in Holyrood Palace and then St Giles Cathedral where it will be Lying at Rest on Monday before being taken to London ahead to the state funeral next Monday, September 19.

Glasgow Times: Billy Knox Glasgow Times Camera Club
Glasgow Times: Billy Knox Glasgow Times Camera Club

Billy Knox Glasgow Times Camera Club

The crowd listened in silence as Mr Turnbull read the proclamation.

He said: “Whereas it has pleased almighty God to call to his mercy our late sovereign lady Queen Elizabeth the second, of blessed and glorious memory, by whose decease the crown of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland has solely and rightfully come to the Prince Charles Philip Arthur George.

“We therefore the lords spiritual and temporal of this realm and members of the House of Commons, together with other members of her late Majesty’s Privy Counsel and representatives of the realms and territories, Alderman and citizens of London and others do now hereby declare, with one voice and consent of tongue and heart, publish and proclaim that the Prince Charles Philip Arthur George is now by the death of the late sovereign of happy memory become our only lawful and rightful Lord Liege Charles the third, by the grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of his other realms and territories, King head of the Commonwealth, defender of the Faith and 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.

“Given at St James Palace this 10th day of September in the year of our lord two thousand and twenty-two. God Save the King.”

After the anthem, sung by the officials present and the crowd, there was three cheers for the King.

Glasgow Times: Billy Knox Glasgow Times camera club
Glasgow Times: Billy Knox Glasgow Times camera club

Billy Knox Glasgow Times camera club

The Union flag above the City Chambers had been raised on Saturday morning following the Accession Council in London meeting where Charles was officially declared King.

It was lowered again, following the proclamation, for the period of National mourning for the Queen until after her funeral, next Monday.

Mr Turnbull was accompanied by the Lord Provost and Lord Lieutenant of Glasgow, Jacqueline McLaren.

Also present was the leader of the council Susan Aitken, MPs and MSPs including Alison Thewliss SNP MP for Glasgow Central, Kaukab Stewart SNP MSP for Glasgow Kelvin and Bob Doris SNP MSP for Maryhill and Springburn, and Glasgow Labour MSPs Paul Sweeney, Pauline McNeill and Pam Duncan Glancy, and several Glasgow councillors and Stuart Patrick of the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce.

Eva Murray, Glasgow Labour councillor said:  “I joined Glaswegians in George Square this afternoon for the Proclamation of King Charles III and to pay respect to the late Queen Elizabeth II.

“An event very few will have experienced before. A historic moment for our city and country.”

Keiran O’Neill, Labour councillor said: This afternoon I joined hundreds of Glaswegians in George Square for the proclamation and to pay respect to the late Queen.

“Just from looking at some of the faces in the crowd, you can see how much she meant to so many, a dignified public servant. May she rest in peace.”

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