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‘God Save The King’ Called Out By the Crowd As Charles III Proclaimed in Guildford

Published on: 11 Sep, 2022
Updated on: 13 Sep, 2022

By Hugh Coakley

A crowd of several hundred gathered at the steps of Holy Trinity church in High Street (Sunday, September 11) to hear the Guildford proclamation of the accession of King Charles III read out by the Mayor of Guildford, Dennis Booth.

Mayor of Guildford, Dennis Booth, proclaims the accession of King Charles III to the people of Guildford.

Once the formal proclamation of the new sovereign was made, a cry of “God save the King” from the mayor was echoed by the crowd. This was followed by singing of the national anthem, “God Save the King”.

A crowd of several hundred had gathered at the steps of Holy Trinity church in Guildford High Street to hear the proclamation of the accession of King Charles III.

Earlier in the day, the Lord Lieutenant, the High Sheriff of Surrey, Christopher Critchlow, read the Surrey Proclamation at Guildford Cathedral. This was passed to mayor’s throughout Surrey to be declaimed in the towns and parishes of the county.

A civic procession of local dignatories from the judiciary, the executive and the armed forces attended the proclamation.

In Guildford, there was a solemn silence from the crowd of all ages as representatives of the judiciary, executive and the armed forces and police processed from the Guildhall up the High Street.

A lone trumpeter accompanied the singing of the national anthem “God save the King”.

A father and son in the crowd called the ceremony “very moving. It makes us feel part of something bigger”.

The ceremony was led by the Holy Trinity rector, Robert Cotton. The Holy Trinity choir sang “View Me Lord”.

Students from the university, Bradley Collett. Finian Hacket and Amy Lodge, said: “Very cool. Kind of important.

“I find all the protocol so weird and dated. its tradition but we all knew the Queen was dead and Charles was the new king anyway.

“The monarchy do bring people together. Even Putin said how great she was.”

Surrey University students, Bradley Collett. Finian Hacket and Amy Lodge, said the proclamation was “Very cool. Kind of important”.

See also: HM King Charles III Proclaimed in Guildford – See Full Ceremony

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