Friary Court

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The Proclamation Gallery overlooking Friary Court at St James's Palace, where the proclamation is traditionally first read.

Friary Court is a part of St James's Palace in London, England.

It is used after the death of a reigning monarch. The Accession Council meets to declare the new monarch from the deceased monarch's line. Once the monarch makes a sacred oath to the council, the Garter King of Arms steps onto the Proclamation Gallery which overlooks Friary Court to announce the new monarch. It has also been used for several other ceremonial functions, such as the christening of Prince George. Aside from ceremonial functions it hosts royal charity events of which the Royal Family are an integral part.[1][2]


  1. ^ Fodor's (2013-08-13). Fodor's London 2014. Fodor's Travel. ISBN 9780770432201.
  2. ^ Wilkinson, Philip (2007-01-30). The British Monarchy For Dummies. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 9780470059319.

Coordinates: 51°30′16″N 0°08′15″W / 51.5044°N 0.1374°W / 51.5044; -0.1374