The Queen's Privy Council for Canada was the first to formally proclaim the new sovereign, doing so on Accession Day itself, closely followed by Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council of the United Kingdom.
HE The Governor General of Australia and HE the Governor General and Federal Executive Council of South Africa issued their proclamations on February 7th. New Zealand's Governor General proclaimed the new Queen on February 11th.
The proclamation was gazetted in the London Gazette on February 6th and published in The Times on February 7th .
|Friary Court, St. James's Palace|
The heralds were then escorted by cavalry escort to read the proclamations from Charing Cross, Temple Bar and the Royal Exchange (here accompanied by The Lord Mayor of London and other City dignitaries). On that same day, the proclamation was read out across the country and the world.
|Mercat Cross, Edinburgh|
Film footage of the proclamation from the steps of the Royal Exchange, Cornhill in the City of London
Thus started Her Majesty's reign.