UK King's proclamation picture found

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A rare photograph showing the proclamation of King Edward VII's ascension to the throne in 1901 has been uncovered in a Devon church.

The faded photograph was found by a parishioner of St Thomas Church in Exeter, where it had been gathering dust at the back of the building.

It shows the mayor and town clerk outside Exeter Guildhall reading the proclamation surrounded by dignitaries.

The picture has been restored by Exeter photographer and author, Peter Thomas.

It is believed the hand-coloured picture was specially commissioned for the event, on 22 January 1901, and has remained in the church since then.

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