Gillingham’s mayor Councillor Sharon Cullingford read the official proclamation of King Charles III’s accession to the throne in the town centre at 2pm on Sunday afternoon.
Watched by more than 100 local residents, the mayor read out the proclamation that had been agreed by the Privy Council at St. James’s Palace on Saturday.
Her words were preceded by blessings from local priests the Reverends Eve Pegler, Peter Greenwood and Angus Mayhew.
And they were followed by three cheers for the new king led by Councillor Roger Weeks, after which the Gillingham Imperial Silver Band played the National Anthem God save the King.
The councillors and members of the public then attended a service at St Mary the Virgin church at 2.30pm.
At 1pm the proclamation had been read out by the High Sheriff of Dorset, Sibyl King, in the presence of the Lord-Lieutenant, Angus Campbell, outside County Hall in Dorchester.
On Saturday North Dorset MP had visited Blandford to sign the book of condolence there. He Tweeted: ‘My family and I joined with others in Blandford Forum and undertook the sad duty of signing the Book of Condolence. The five of us remember our late Queen with such emotional affection and deep respect. May she Rest in Peace.’