Crowds gathered in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast on Sunday to hear official announcements to the devolved nations that Queen Elizabeth II had died and King Charles III had ascended the throne.
In a ceremony dating back centuries, dignitaries wearing heraldic clothing repeated the accession proclamation made in London on Saturday that a new king is the head of the United Kingdom.
In Edinburgh, Lord Lyon, the King of Arms, re-read the new king’s proclamation at Mercat Cross at noon. He then declared “God save the King” and the crowd chanted the phrase.
The national anthem was sung and Lord Lyon King led three cheers, saying “Hip hip”, to which the crowd responded with “Hooray!”.
The announcement was followed by a 21-gun salute from the city’s castle.
As the King’s Guard for Scotland and the guard of honor made their way to Edinburgh Castle, the crowd applauded.
Some protesters took part in the event. After the national anthem was played, a small group of people were heard calling for democracy. One protester held a sign that read: “Fuck imperialism, abolish the monarchy.” She was picked up by the police.
The Queen’s hearse carrying her coffin left Balmoral on Sunday morning for Edinburgh and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
At Cardiff Castle, the Herald of Arms Extraordinary for Wales, Tom Lloyd, and the Lord-Lieutenant of South Glamorgan, Morfoud Meredith, read the proclamation in English and Welsh.
More than 2,000 people had gathered inside the grounds and hundreds more lined the streets outside the castle walls, including two protesters holding signs reading “Not our king!”.
The proclamation of accession is the official method of publicizing the accession, communicating the news that the monarch has died and ascended the throne.
In Belfast, crowds were dampened by heavy rain, but some spectators gathered regardless. High Sheriff John Hussey donned ceremonial robes to read the proclamation at the Town Hall. Another reading was held at Hillsborough Castle.
Charles is due to make his first official visit to Northern Ireland as king later this week. The centerpiece of much of the visit will be the monarch’s official residence at Hillsborough Castle, with many ceremonial events planned.
The main reading of the new king’s proclamation took place on Saturday at St James’s Palace in the City of London. It was the first accession council since 1952, when Queen Elizabeth II was proclaimed, and in a historic first, Saturday’s ceremony was televised.
Charles became automatically sovereign with the death of his mother aged 96 at Balmoral Castle on Thursday afternoon. The accession council – an ancient body of advisers dating back to the Norman Conquest – formally announced his role as head of state on Saturday.
The Queen’s funeral will be held on Monday, September 19 at Westminster Abbey in London, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.