Governor proclaims the accession of King Charles III

OFFICIAL guests including the Member for Derwent and president of the Legislative Council, Craig Farrell MLC, assembled at Government House in Hobart this morning (September 11) to mark the proclamation in Tasmania of King Charles III.

The Proclamation in Tasmania followed a National Proclamation in Canberra by the Governor-General, and the official Proclamation of the King at the Accession Council in the UK on Saturday night (Australian time), formalising Charles as king.

The Tasmanian proclamation was signed by the Governor, Barbara Baker, and the Premier, Jeremy Rockliff, before the governor then read the proclamation to the assembled guests. Also among those present were former Governor Kate Warner and Mr Richard Warner, formerly of New Norfolk, as well as Mrs Lee Farrell accompanying Mr Farrell.

The Bishop of Tasmania, Richard Condie, then read the prayer Collect for the Monarch from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer, which was followed by the playing of the Royal Anthem God Save the King and the Australian National Anthem. The Proclamation will be published in a Special Gazette on Monday 12 September 2022.

Earlier, wreaths had been laid at the foot of an oak tree that was planted by the Queen in 1954 on her first visit to Tasmania just eight months after her coronation.

Tasmanians can send their condolences to the Royal Family by signing the condolence sheets available at Government House, Parliament House and Service Tasmania service centres, or through digital condolence books available online. these will be collated with other sheets from around Tasmania, before being bound and sent to the Royal Family.

National Day of Mourning

Australia will hold a National Day of Mourning for Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday, September 22. Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has written to the premiers and chief ministers asking they declare this day a National Public Holiday to commemorate the Queen’s remarkable life and dedication to service.

A National Memorial Service will be held at 11am in the Great Hall of Parliament House in Canberra and will begin with one minute’s silence. It will be broadcast live across the nation.

“Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth the Second led a remarkable life, dedicated to service and duty,” Mr Albanese said. “Queen Elizabeth II is the only reigning monarch most Australians have known and her faithful service will be remembered for centuries to come.“Her Majesty was the only reigning monarch to ever to visit Australia and it was clear from her first trip that she had a special place in our hearts.

“Over the coming weeks, Australia will continue to commemorate our late Queen. I encourage all Australians, wherever you may be, to take time to pause and reflect on Her Majesty’s extraordinary life of service.”

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