The Governor delivers the Proclamation.
The Governor delivers the Proclamation.

What is the Governor’s role after the death of the ruling monarch?

After the death of the ruling monarch, the Governor is still the representative of the Royal Family in Western Australia. As such, there are several tasks that he is required to complete during the time of “court” mourning.

Immediately following

Once communication has been received that the ruling monarch has passed, the Governor must engage with the Premier and Executive Government Services to prepare proclamations, enact state requirements and begin the official period of mourning.

For the next 10 days, all other activities will be ceased as the Governor becomes the source of all information from Buckingham Palace to the people of Western Australia.

Proclamation of the new King

It is anticipated that the Accession of the new Sovereign will be proclaimed in the UK the day after the Queen’s death.

The Premier will call a special meeting of the Executive Council where the Governor, Premier and Deputy Premier will sign the Proclamation. The Governor will read the Proclamation at Government House after which it will be gazetted.

Memorial Sites and Services

As the representative of the sovereign in WA, Government House will become the official site of mourning.

Memorials: Activations include a Condolence Book and creating space for the laying of tributes. Read more about what will happen at Government House and how the community can be involved here.

Australian National Memorial Service: The Governor will be expected to attend the Australian National Memorial Service in Canberra on behalf of the West Australian people. He will not travel to the UK for the State Service, this will be attended by the Prime Minister and the Governor-General.

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