January 22, 1901
Telegraphing from Osborne on Tuesday night a Press Association correspondent writes: – The momentous announcement of the Queen Victoria’s death was made at seven o’clock. It was verbally intimated at the Prince of Wales’s Gate to the assembled journalists by Police Superintendent Fraser, who had hurried down from the Palace on purpose. Upon his arrival at the lodge he exclaimed: “Gentlemen, the Queen passed away at half-past six o’clock.”
The proclamation of the new Sovereign will take place at St. James’ Palace by the College of Heralds Thither the King will come in state, and after the ceremony the proclamation will probably be repeated at the Royal Exchange, Charing Cross, Chancery Lane, and Wood-street (where a cross formerly stood) by different heralds and pursuviants.
The Central News learns that at the Privy Council Wednesday afternoon the new King officially assumes the title of King Edward VII.
(Source: Manchester Courier: January 23, 1901)