CROWDS gathered in Irvine on Sunday for the official proclamation of His Majesty King Charles III's accession to the throne.

Local proclamations have been taking place across the UK after the first official public proclamation at St James's Palace in London on Saturday.

Crowds gather outside Irvine's Townhouse for the North Ayrshire proclamation of King Charles III

Crowds gather outside Irvine's Townhouse for the North Ayrshire proclamation of King Charles III

Crowds gather outside Irvine's Townhouse for the North Ayrshire proclamation of King Charles III

The North Ayrshire proclamation was made from the balcony at Irvine's Townhouse at 1.30pm on Sunday by the Lord Lieutenant of Ayrshire and Arran, Sheriff Iona McDonald, and North Ayrshire Council chief executive Craig Hatton.

North Ayrshire's Provost, Anthea Dickson, was also present.

Crowds gather outside Irvine's Townhouse for the North Ayrshire proclamation of King Charles III

Crowds gather outside Irvine's Townhouse for the North Ayrshire proclamation of King Charles III

Crowds gather outside Irvine's Townhouse for the North Ayrshire proclamation of King Charles III

Books of condolence are now available to sign during normal opening hours at the council's HQ at Cunninghame House in Irvine, and at the libraries in Kilwinning, Stevenston, Kilbirnie, Largs, Brodick and Millport.

They will remain open for signing during each building's opening hours until 5pm on Tuesday, September 20.

Crowds gather outside Irvine's Townhouse for the North Ayrshire proclamation of King Charles III

Crowds gather outside Irvine's Townhouse for the North Ayrshire proclamation of King Charles III

Crowds gather outside Irvine's Townhouse for the North Ayrshire proclamation of King Charles III

Floral tributes can be left outside the locations where the Books of Condolence are situated.

Those who wish to add their name to the tribute but are unable to make it to any of the locations can sign the official book of condolence online here