Crowds turn out for Welwyn Hatfield proclamation on the accession of His Majesty King Charles III

The Welwyn Hatfield proclamation ceremony on the accession of His Majesty King Charles III to the throne took place on Sunday 11 September at Howardsgate, Welwyn Garden City.

The flag at half-mast with residents standing behind it at the proclamation

There was a fantastic turn out for the ceremony which was led by Councillor Barbara Fitzsimon, the Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council.

Councillor Fitzsimon was joined by the Leader and Deputy Leader of the Council, Councillor Tony Kingsbury and Councillor Stephen Boulton along with invited guests Lord and Lady Salisbury, the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, Ant Chapman, Colonel Kevin Fitzgerald DL, the Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP, Hertfordshire Constabulary and Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue, members of the Royal British Legion, borough councillors, members of the local clergy and senior officers at Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council.

The Mayor read the proclamation, echoing the centuries-old tradition taking place in London and towns and cities across the United Kingdom.  The National Anthem was then sung by local vocalist and rising star, 10 year old Immi Davis, followed by a call for three cheers for His Majesty the King.

Councillor Kingsbury said:

It was wonderful to see so many people join us to mark this special occasion.  The Queen had strong associations with Welwyn Hatfield over many years. In 1959 she opened a campus of the Royal Veterinary College and visited the QEII in Welwyn Garden City for its opening four years later.  In 2012, as part of her Diamond Jubilee Tour, The Queen visited Hatfield House and planted an oak tree to mark the occasion.  We very much look forward to welcoming King Charles III to the borough at a future date.