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being fully imposed on the successor by the very descent of the crown; no interregnum, therefore, is considered to take place. As speedily as possible the fact of accession is communicated to the new monarch, the privy council are summoned forthwith, the sovereign addresses to them a short speech or declaration, and orders are immediately issued for proclaiming the event, the members of the privy council being on the instant sworn anew. The king on the earliest opportunity after entering the council chamber, takes and subscribes the oath relating to the security of the church of Scotland. If parliament be sitting at the time, the oath of allegiance and supremacy is immediately administered to the members of both houses, with a proviso respecting any possible issue of the previous sovereign, in all cases where he dies without issue, and leaves a queen dowager, as happened at the death of king William IV.

On the day after accession it is the practice for the king to appear at an open window in the presence chamber of one of the royal palaces, when a herald (the deputy garter, or some one representing that officer, in the presence of the earl marshal) takes his station in the court-yard underneath the open window, and reads aloud a proclamation, declaring the demise of the late monarch, and the accession of the present. The new sovereign having then withdrawn, an extended procession is formed of guards, heralds, and their subordinate officers, who all proceed to Charing Cross, at which place the proclamation is again read: thence the procession advances to the city, where it is received and accompanied by


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