East Ayrshire's Proclamation ceremony took place on Sunday, September 11 to formally announce the start of the new King’s reign following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

King Charles III was formally proclaimed the new monarch on Saturday, September 10 at the Accession Council which took place at St James’s Palace. Local proclamation ceremonies then took place the following day across the United Kingdom.

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Deputy Lieutenant William Stafford introduced the ceremony at the Dick Institute in Kilmarnock before East Ayrshire Council’s Chief Executive Eddie Fraser read the Proclamation. Provost Jim Todd then led three cheers to the new King and piper Ewan Johnstone played ‘God Save the King’.

Members of the community including school pupils, Brownies, Guides, Police Scotland, the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service and community representatives all attended the Proclamation.

Provost Todd said: “It was an honour to be part of the Proclamation ceremony, a historic occasion during which we pledged our support and loyalty to the new King. I would like to extend my sympathies once again to Her Majesty’s family on behalf of the people of East Ayrshire and to wish them strength in the days ahead.”

Following the Proclamation, floral tributes to Her Majesty were laid by the Provost and elected members at Holehouse Memorial Garden in Kilmarnock and at Cumnock Town Hall.

Condolence books for Her Majesty are open at the Dick Institute, Cumnock Town Hall and on the mobile library vans and Digital Bus. An online book of condolence is also available at www.royal.uk

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Anyone wishing to lay floral tributes can do so at Holehouse Memorial Garden (Holehouse Road, Kilmarnock) and outside Cumnock Town Hall.