The formal Proclamation of the new King was made for Knowsley by Cllr Eddie Connor, Mayor of Knowsley. This took place on Sunday, 11 September outside Huyton Municipal Building.
The Proclamation is the formal ceremony by which people in the borough are officially notified of the reign of our new King.
King Charles III was officially proclaimed King at a ceremony at St James’s Palace on Saturday and smaller ceremonies, like the one in Knowsley, followed around the UK.
It is part of an ancient tradition that goes back to the days when word of mouth was the only way that the people would hear the news of the death of a monarch, and the ascension to the throne of a new King or Queen. It has been 70 years since the last ceremonies of its kind.
In Knowsley, the honour of announcing the reign of the new King fell to Cllr Eddie Connor, Mayor of Knowsley.
He was joined outside Huyton Municipal Buildings by Lesley Martin Wright, High Sheriff of Merseyside, and The 19th Earl of Derby, Edward Stanley.
The Union Flag, which has been flying at half mast following the news of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s death on Thursday, 8 September, was returned to full mast on Saturday to mark the official Proclamation of the King. It remained at full mast until after Knowsley’s Proclamation event on Sunday, when it was returned once more to half mast for the remaining national period of mourning.
Following the Proclamation event, floral tributes were left at the Huyton Cenotaph by the Mayor of Knowsley; Leader of Knowsley Council, Cllr Graham Morgan and Chief Executive of Knowsley Council, Mike Harden, on behalf of the borough and the council.
Floral tributes were also left at the Cenotaph in Kirkby.
Anyone who also wishes to leave floral tributes to the Queen Elizabeth II is invited to do so at a number of designated locations around Knowsley. They are:
- Cenotaph at Huyton Municipal Buildings
- Knowsley Village Memorial Cross
- Cenotaph at St Mary’s Church, Prescot
- Cenotaph on Smithy Lane, Cronton
- Cenotaph at the Kirkby Centre
- The small field adjacent to the Cenotaph at St Nicholas Church, Halewood – currently housing an Edward Lear cat sculpture.
Anyone leaving floral tributes is respectfully asked to ensure that the flowers are not wrapped in plastic or paper, and that they are placed in designated areas only. Flowers left in other areas of the borough may be relocated to one of the official sites.
Floral tributes will remain in situ until the day after the funeral, after which time they will be removed. Flowers will be composted. Please note, cards and any gifts which are left will not be kept after removal.