Australia's ceremonies to mark new monarch

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* A proclamation ceremony to officially declare Charles as King was held outside Parliament House in Canberra about midday, followed by a 21-gun salute.

* A Western Australian proclamation ceremony was taking place at noon AEST at Perth's Government House.

* A NSW proclamation ceremony will be held at Parliament House in Sydney from 12.30pm. Public transport across NSW is free.

* A Queensland proclamation ceremony will occur at 1pm at Government House in Brisbane before a second reading at Parliament House at 2.30pm.

* A South Australian proclamation ceremony will take place at 2pm outside state parliament. Public transport across Adelaide will be free.

* A wreath-laying event is scheduled in Tasmania ahead of the proclamation being published in a special gazette on Monday.

* A minute's silence is being observed ahead of sporting matches.

* Sunday Anglican church services will mark the Queen's life. At St Paul's Cathedral in Melbourne, a 6pm service will be led by Archbishop Philip Freier and streamed online.


* There is no official mourning period in Australia, but the prime minister has suspended parliament for at least 15 days.

* A Victorian proclamation ceremony will be held at 11am on Monday, with the Lieutenant-Governor, Chief Justice and other senior officer holders to swear oaths to the new King

* The Victorian parliament will sit briefly on Tuesday for MPs to swear allegiance to King Charles III - the only state where this is required after the death of a monarch - before adjourning to September 20.

* The NSW and WA parliaments will briefly convene on Tuesday to hear condolence motions. Parliamentary sittings in both states are due to resume on September 20.

* The Queensland state parliament, which was due to sit next week, will be adjourned until a later date.

* The federal, state and territory governments have set up condolence books across the country. People can also sign online condolence books on the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and governor-general's websites.

* People are encouraged to leave flowers outside Parliament House and Government House in Canberra, as well as government houses in each state and territory.

* The royal family has flagged Australians can also donate to charity instead of leaving flowers.

* Australian flags will be flown at half-mast until the day after the Queen's funeral in the UK. There is one exception: flags will be raised to full mast on Sunday when Charles is proclaimed King.

* Eight days after the Queen's death, the prime minister, governor-general and acting high commissioner will attend Westminster Hall for the Queen's lying in state and meet with King Charles III.

* Live sites are expected to be set up in parts of the country to watch the televised ceremony of the Queen's funeral at Westminster Abbey on September 19 at 8pm AEST.

* A one-off national public holiday will be held on September 22 to give Australians a chance to pay tribute to the Queen.