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Queen Elizabeth II (1926 to 2022)

Updated: Nov 21, 2022

Arrangements to commemorate the death of the Queen in Ashburton

The Queen, photographed by Cecil Beaton to commemorate her coronation, in 1953
The Queen, photographed by Cecil Beaton to commemorate her coronation, in 1953

Some details are yet to be finalised but the following is the timeline of events as it currently stands. Please check back periodically to check details of interest.

On the Day of the Queen's Death

Flags to be flown at half mast on Civic buildings from the day of her death (Thursday 8th September 2022) until 11am on the day of the Proclamation.

Book of Condolence and Laying of Flowers

A book of condolence is to be opened at St Andrews Church at 11am on the day following her death (Friday 9th September), visitors may leave a message of condolence until the book is closed. Flowers may be laid on the green in front of St Andrews Church. You may also leave a message of condolence on the Royal family's web site

The Portreeve has left a message of condolence on behalf of all members of the Courts Leet & Baron:

The 1201st Portreeve, the Master Bailiff and the members of the Courts Leet & Baron of Ashburton would like to express profound sadness on the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and extend sincere condolences to all members of the Royal Family.

Her 70 years of selfless dedication and service meant so much to so many people in this community, the nation and the rest of the world.  May she now rest in peace, reunited with her beloved “rock”.

We stand with Ashburton and the nation in this period of mourning.

Proclamation Announcing the New King

The Proclamation will be read in London on Saturday 10th September at which time flags on Civic buildings will be raised to full mast. There will be a local reading of the Proclamation outside the Town Hall in Ashburton at 2pm on Monday 12th September, all welcome to attend. After the local reading, flags will be lowered to half mast.

Commencement of National Mourning

A period of National Mourning has started. All Town Council activity and celebratory events will be postponed during this period which will continue until the end of the day of the State Funeral. This will be followed by a period of Royal Mourning which will continue for a period of seven days after the funeral and during which, flags will be flown at half mast at Royal residences.

Church Service

On Sunday 18th at 10:30 there will be a memorial service at St Andrew's Church, all welcome to attend.

One Minute's Silence

A one-minute silence will be observed nationally at 8pm on Sunday 18th September to allow people to mourn and reflect on the life of Queen.


The date of the funeral has been confirmed. It will take place at 11:00 on Monday 19th September at Westminster Cathedral. The day of the funeral has also been declared a bank holiday in honour of Britain's longest reigning monarch. There will be a two-minute silence at midday.

The funeral will be televised on the big screen at Ashburton Arts from 10:00 for those that would like to mark the occasion as a community.

Day After the Funeral

The period of public mourning comes to a close. The Union flag will be taken down from the Chapel of St Lawrence at 8am, other flags may be returned to full mast. The book of condolence will be moved to the Information Centre where it will remain for the rest of the week!



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