Proclamation of King Charles III
Thousands of Queenslanders gathered at Government House on Sunday 11 September to recognise the end of the second Elizabethan era, and to proclaim our new King, His Royal Highness, King Charles III.
Just as the 16th Governor of Queensland, Sir John Lavarack did on the 8th of February 70 years ago when Queen Elizabeth II ascended the throne, the 27th Governor of Queensland, Her Excellency the Honourable Dr Jeannette Young AC PSM – with the endorsement of our State’s Executive Council – proclaimed the reign of our new sovereign to all Queenslanders, marking King Charles the Third’s accession as our Head of State.
The Proclamation by the Governor of Queensland to the public followed King Charles III formally being proclaimed King at a historic Accession Council at St James's Palace, London, with the principal declaration being first read from the Palace balcony, then from the Royal Exchange in the City of London.
The following day at noon, on Sunday 11 September, the Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd) read the Proclamation on the Forecourt of Parliament House in Canberra, followed by a 21-gun salute.
In accordance with protocol, the Flags here at Government House, and around the nation, were raised to full mast in recognition of our new King, and returned to half-mast at dusk that evening, where they will remain for the remainder of the mourning period.
God Save The King.