Sunday September 11 at 2pm saw the Essex Mayors and Chairmen attend a formal reading of the Proclamation on the death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, and the beginning of the new King’s reign.
Introduced by Deputy Lieutenant of Essex Charles Latham DL, in the Council Chamber at the Council’s offices in Thundersley, Cllr Martin Tucker, Mayor of Castle Point read the Proclamation of Accession. This was followed by God Save the King and singing of the National Anthem. The Mayor then called for three cheers for His Majesty the King.
The Union Flag at the Council’s Offices in Thundersley and at the Outpatients Centre Canvey Island, returned to half-mast to mark the continued days of mourning leading up to the State Funeral on Monday September 19.
The Mayor said; “The death of our longest serving Monarch, Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, is a truly historic and enormously significant event. The country is in mourning for our much loved, respected and honoured Queen but such sadness is tinged with the dawning of a new era with a new King Charles III. To be Mayor at such a time and to read the proclamation for the people of Castle Point is an enormous privilege. I am humbled and truly honoured to be Mayor at such a unique time in the world, country, county and of course our history.
The nation’s mourning will continue of course until the State Funeral on Monday September 19. God Save the King.”