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Her Majesty The Queen

Published: 08 September 2022

Buckingham Palace has announced the death of Her Majesty The Queen.

The Mayor of Worcester, Councillor Adrian Gregson, said:

"The Councillors and Officers of Worcester City Council are deeply saddened at the news of the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Our thoughts are with the Royal Family at this time."

Books of condolence

A Book of Condolence is open for you to sign at the Guildhall in High Street. Opening times are:

Friday 9 September 9.00am – 7.00pm
Saturday 10 September 9.00am – 5.00pm
Sunday 11 September 10.00am – 5.00pm
Monday 12 – Friday 16 September 9.00am – 6.00pm
Saturday 17 September 9.00am – 4.00pm
Sunday 18 September 10.00am – 3.00pm
Monday 19 September 9.00am – 6.00pm
Tuesday 20 September 9.00am – 6.00pm

Other Books of Condolence will also be opened at Worcester Cathedral, St George's Catholic Church, County Hall, the University of Worcester, Worcester Hospital, Warndon Library, Lyppard Hub, St John's Library, and The Hive.

Alternatively, you may wish to sign the official e-book of condolence.

The Union Flag at the Guildhall has been lowered to half-mast and the building is being illuminated purple at night during the period of National Mourning.

Service of Thanksgiving

Worcester Cathedral is holding a Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II on Sunday 18 September at 4pm. All are warmly welcome to attend.

National Moment of Reflection

A National Moment of Reflection will take place at 8pm on Sunday 18 September, with a minute's silence. People are encouraged to mark this moment with friends and family, perhaps standing on doorsteps or with neighbours in the street. 

Find out more about the National Moment of Reflection

The Queen's State Funeral

The Queen's State Funeral will take place on Monday 19 Septmber at 11am, and will be shown live on a big screen in Cathedral Square. The day will be a bank holiday.

Council offices will be closed on Monday, as will the museums, leisure centre, and the Tourist Informaiton Centre. The Guildhall will be open.

The City Council will be operating essential services. In an emergency, residents can make contact on  01562 547698.

Read the guidelines on the period of National Mourning for Her Majesty The Queen.

Read the official advice on travelling during the priod of National Mourning.

Read the official information on the State Funeral and Committal Service for Her Majesty The Queen.

The Proclamation of Accession

Following the Proclamation of the Accession of the new Monarch at St James's Palace on Saturday 10 September, the Guildhall hosted local Proclamation ceremonies on Sunday 11 September.

The Mayor of Worcester's reading of the Proclamation and the extraordinary meeting of the City Council to offer messages of condolence on the death of Her Majesty The Queen can be watched on the City Council's YouTube channel.

Text of the Proclamation:

Whereas it has pleased Almighty God to call to His Mercy our late Sovereign Lady Queen Elizabeth the Second of Blessed and Glorious Memory, by whose Decease the Crown of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is solely and rightfully come to The Prince Charles Philip Arthur George: We, therefore, the Lords Spiritual and Temporal of this Realm and Members of the House of Commons, together with other members of Her late Majesty's Privy Council and representatives of the Realms and Territories, Aldermen and Citizens of London, and others, do now hereby with one voice and Consent of Tongue and Heart publish and proclaim that The Prince Charles Philip Arthur George is now, by the Death of our late Sovereign of Happy Memory, become our only lawful and rightful Liege Lord Charles the Third, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of His other Realms and Territories, King, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, to whom we do acknowledge all Faith and Obedience with humble Affection; beseeching God by whom Kings and Queens do reign to bless His Majesty with long and happy Years to reign over us. Given at St. James's Palace this tenth day of September in the year of Our Lord two thousand and twenty-two.

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