Thousands gathered at ceremonies across the county as Lancashire celebrates King Charles III’s accession to the throne.

Today, in line with centuries-old tradition, the Proclamation of the Accession of King Charles III has been announced by officials across the UK, with thousands turning out to witness the historic event.

This follows the formal proclamation of His Majesty The King as monarch during an Accession Council ceremony at St James's Palace on Saturday 10 September.

Photo credit: Michael Porter Photography.

In Lancashire, the county’s official proclamation took place earlier this afternoon, Sunday 11th September, with a huge crowd gathering on the Flag Market in Preston as the High Sheriff of Lancashire, Martin Ainscough, read out the proclamation. He was introduced by the Lord-Lieutenant of Lancashire, The Lord Shuttleworth KG KCVO.

The reading concluded with the declaration ‘God Save The King’ and a rendition of the National Anthem. At the end of the proclamation, the High Sheriff handed each of Lancashire’s 15 mayors a copy of the proclamation to read in their own communities.

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Ceremonies were then carried out by Lancashire’s two unitary authorities at Blackburn Town Hall, Darwen Market Square and St John’s Square in Blackpool.

Meanwhile similar readings of the proclamation were organised by district councils throughout Lancashire, with the last to be held tomorrow.

Flags were flown at full mast for the proclamations, to be lowered again tomorrow following the conclusion of proclamation events. All official flags will remain at half until 08.00 on the day following The Queen’s State Funeral.

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