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Crowds gather at Oakham Castle for Rutland Proclamation

Date Published: 13 September 2022

Hundreds of people gathered in the grounds of Oakham Castle on Sunday 11 September to remember Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and hear Rutland’s Proclamation, announcing the Accession of His Majesty King Charles III.

The ancient ceremony that took place at Oakham Castle on Sunday marked Rutland’s formal Proclamation – announcing the beginning of the reign of King Charles III. It followed the announcement on Thursday 8 September 2022 that The Queen had sadly passed away at her Balmoral Castle residence in Scotland. The Proclamation of the new Sovereign is a tradition that dates back centuries. Before modern technology, the reading of the Proclamation was the way most people learned about a change of Monarch.

Rutland’s Proclamation was read by High Sheriff Geoff Thompson, shortly after 12.30pm. Books of condolence were then opened inside Oakham Castle for anyone wishing to leave a written tribute to Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth. 

There will be a national moment of reflection at 8.00pm on Sunday 18 September, when people throughout the UK will be invited pay their respects to Her late Majesty the Queen by observing a one-minute silence.

Dr Sarah Furness, Lord-Lieutenant of Rutland, said: 

“Sunday’s Proclamation was a solemn occasion, with so many of us still in mourning. It was touching to see hundreds of people gathered in the grounds of Oakham Castle to remember Her Majesty The Queen and mark the Accession of her son, King Charles. It was also heartening to acknowledge our new King, who will be a great monarch. 

“The Proclamation was an important moment in our history and a fitting way for us to join together to reflect on what is a huge change.   I thank all those who made the occasion so special – particularly the audience, the High Sheriff Geoff Thompson, Rutland County Council staff and Peter Davis with the brass ensemble from Oakham School, whose music added greatly to the occasion. Sunday 18 September will see a special public Service of Commemoration at All Saints Church in Oakham, starting at 10.30am. I hope people will join us there. The national moment of reflection on Sunday evening at 8pm is another opportunity for individuals and local communities to pay their own personal respects to The Queen.”

The Rutland Lieutenancy is currently making plans for a permanent tribute to Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The intention is to create a bronze bas relief, bust or statue in The Queen’s honour, to be located outside Oakham Library. 

Anyone wishing to make a donation towards this lasting tribute can send a cheque made payable to ‘The Rutland Lieutenancy Fund’ to Rutland County Council’s offices in Oakham (Catmose, LE15 6HP). Please mark envelopes clearly ‘Queen Elizabeth Memorial’ and state if you wish your donation to remain anonymous. Unfortunately, as yet, donations cannot be made online or by bank transfer.

Further information about commemorations and the national mourning period following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II can be found on the national GOV.UK website.

A digital book of condolence has been made available by The Royal Family and can be accessed online. All are welcome to sign and show their respects.

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