Buckingham Marks Death of Queen Elizabeth II

Under lowered half-mast flags, Buckingham residents commemorated the life of Queen Elizabeth II throughout the National Mourning period.

A number of books of condolence were available in Buckingham, with copies circulated to care homes so that residents unable to access the books could take part from their homes. The resulting entries will be bound into books and archived at Buckinghamshire Council for future historians.

The Reading of the Proclamation of the Accession of the new King Charles III took place outside the Old Gaol at 3.30pm on Sunday 11th September. A large crowd of more than four hundred people gathered to witness Deputy Mayor of Buckingham, Cllr. Anja Schaefer, read the Proclamation and sing ‘God Save the King’ for the first time.

On Sunday 18th September, St Peter & St Paul’s Church in Buckingham held a Commemorative Service. The service started with a reflection on Her Majesty’s life by the Vice Chancellor of the University of Buckingham followed by readings and prayers given by other reverends and the Deputy Mayor, Cllr. Anja Schaefer. There were various hymns sung including the late Queen’s favourite hymn: Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven. The service was attended by approx. 200 people and many of those signed the book of condolence afterwards.

Commemorative Serice

One Buckingham fact commented on by residents was the long link between Buckingham and the Royal Family. Buckingham has two Royal Charters, one from Mary Tudor in 1554, and one from Charles II in 1684. Charles II also gifted Buckingham its Mace in 1660, which is still used at ceremonial occasions today.

Buckingham Palace is also named after Buckingham. Originally known as Buckingham House, it was owned by the Duke of Buckingham and sold to George III in 1761. Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II had visited Buckingham on several occasions, and stories were told of her visit to the University of Buckingham in 1996 as well as her arrival several years before via train in 1966. Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip met with the then Mayor of Buckingham, Alderman T. Lambourne at Buckingham Station. Images of the couple smiling in the train carriage were printed in the local paper.

Councillor Margaret Gateley, Mayor of Buckingham said “These have been momentous and historic days since we learned of the death of our beloved Queen Elizabeth II. I am sure that the people of Buckingham will remember participating in the various events which have taken place since for all their lives. These events have provided us all with the opportunity to reflect on the long life and reign of Her Majesty as well as to give thanks for her devoted service to our nation and to the Commonwealth.” 

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  1. For enquiries, please contact Claire Molyneux at Buckingham Town Council on 01280 816426, communications@buckingham-tc.gov.uk

 

Reading of the Proclamation of the Accession in Buckingham

Buckingham announced the accession of His Majesty King Charles III, at the Reading of the Proclamation of the Accession in Buckingham.

This centuries-old tradition follows the Reading of the Proclamation of the Accession in London, with the message passing through civic officers in a chain from cities to towns.

Deputy Mayor of Buckingham, Cllr. Anja Schaefer, travelled to Aylesbury to hear the High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire read the Proclamation of the Accession at 1pm on Sunday 11th September, and collect Buckingham’s copy of the Proclamation.

Having returned to Buckingham, Cllr. Anja Schaefer read the Proclamation to a large crowd that had gathered in Buckingham outside the Old Gaol at 3.30pm. The Deputy Mayor was joined by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant, Carolyn Cummings, the Town Clerk, Claire Molyneux, the Town Crier, Russell Cross, Mace Bearer, Barbara Farmer and Trumpeter, Nick Perry.

A full programme from the event is available on the Town Council website:  www.buckingham-tc.gov.uk/31364-2/ or can be picked up from Buckingham Library for anyone who would like to keep a copy.

The Town Council have also organised a book of condolence at the Old Gaol Museum, accessible 10am – 4pm daily. Anyone wishing to leave a floral tribute can do so at the coronation tree, near the war memorial at St Peter & St Paul’s Church. Union Flags, with mourning cravats attached, have been put up around the town centre.

A Commemorative Service will take place at St Peter & St Paul’s Church beginning at 11am. Free tickets to attend must be booked in advance, either online: www.bpchurch.uk/queen or for anyone who does not use the internet, paper tickets can be collected from the Tourist Information Centre, in the Old Gaol, Buckingham during their normal opening hours.

As Town Council officers have been redeployed from other duties to deliver the Council’s programme of events to commemorate the life of HM The Queen, the Council was unable to host its annual dog show on the 11th September.

Mayor of Buckingham, Cllr. Margaret Gateley said “We have all been saddened by the death of our beloved Queen. She was a faithful and loyal monarch, steering our nation through a time of unprecedented change. We have now welcomed our new monarch, King Charles III, in a historic ceremony, attended by many from our community. In the words of The Archbishop of Canterbury, “Everlasting God, we pray for our new king. Bless his reign and the life of our nation. Help us to work together so that truth and justice, harmony and fairness flourish among us; Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."

Deputy Mayor of Buckingham, Cllr. Anja Schaefer said It was a great honour to read out the Proclamation of Accession in Buckingham and a joy to see so many gathered to mark this historic moment in our history. Queen Elizabeth II served this country faithfully, dutifully and with great dignity and humour throughout her long reign. The commemorative service on Sunday 18th Sept will give the people of Buckingham the chance to come together to express our gratitude to the Queen and our sadness at her loss.