A period of National Mourning for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has now started, this will continue until the end of the day of the State Funeral. A number of events are planned locally to celebrate the life of Her Majesty the Queen and the accession of the new King.
State Funeral – Monday 19th September
The Buckingham Town Council office and most services, including the Tourist Information Centre, will be closed on Monday 19th September to mark the State Funeral of Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Services will resume as normal on Tuesday 20th September.
There will be a Commemorative Service to celebrate the life of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at St Peter & St Paul’s Church on Sunday 18th September at 11am. Tickets must be booked in advance, which can be done online: Buckingham Parish Church : Queen Elizabeth II (bpchurch.uk)
Book of Condolence
Books of Condolence have been opened in Buckingham at:
- The Old Gaol Museum exercise yard – open 10am to 4pm daily
- St Peter’s and St Paul’s church – open 9am to 9pm daily
- Buckingham library – open 9am to 5pm daily
- Books of Condolence will be open until the day following the funeral. You can also sign the Royal Family online condolence book here: www.royal.uk
Floral tributes can be laid at the coronation tree near the war memorial at St Peter and St Paul’s Church. We ask that any plastic wrappers or ties are removed from the flowers.
Flowers will be removed from the tree on the morning on Tuesday 20th September. The flowers will be preserved and used to plant a tree in memory of Queen Elizabeth II at a later date.
Union flags with mourning cravats were placed around Buckingham town centre the morning after the announcement of the passing of the monarch. These will be removed on the morning of Tuesday 20th September and half mast flags will be returned to full height.
Reading of the Proclamation
The Reading of the Proclamation of the New King will take place outside Buckingham Old Gaol at 3.30pm on Sunday 11th September.
The reading of the proclamation is a very old tradition, traced back over centuries, that announces the accession of the new monarch.