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Her Majesty The Queen, Elizabeth II 1926 - 2022

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Her Majesty The Queen, Elizabeth II

1926 - 2022

We at South Somerset District Council are deeply saddened by the news of Her Majesty The Queen's death. We would like to express our profound sorrow and send our condolences to the Royal Family.

Chairman of South Somerset District Council Cllr Paul Maxwell said: “It was with deep and profound sadness that I learned of the death of Her Majesty The Queen. 

“She was an inspiration and an example to us all. She embodied and personified all the very best qualities, of honesty, decency, integrity, humility and a tireless devotion to public service. 

“She touched, not only the lives of countless people in our own country, but many millions across the world. She was deeply and widely respected by world leaders of all political and religious persuasions. She was able to bring people together by her considerable compassion and understanding. 

“In an ever changing world, she was stability, certainty and reassurance. She gave us all hope. 

“Difficult, almost impossible to replace and hard to believe she is not with us anymore, she is a very hard act to follow. 

“She was a mother, grandmother and great grandmother and her family will miss her enormously. All of us will miss her and will also remember her as one of the greatest leaders of all time. 

“Our thoughts are with her family and our future King, and that he may be able to guide us all, here in South Somerset, our nation as a whole, the Commonwealth and the wider global community in the befitting and respectful way that she did. Long live the King.” 

Annie Maw, Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset, said: “Today we have lost one of the greatest people of our age. On behalf of the people of Somerset, I would like to offer my most sincere sympathy to her family who, we must remember, have lost a beloved, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

“As a nation, we too, have lost a person without whom life will never be the same. We must now repay her trust by acting with the dignity and respect which she would have expected and which she deserves. During her long life she has set us an exemplary example of devoted service to us all within the Commonwealth. Against so many odds, her message has always been one of peace, unity and partnership.

“We have been immeasurably privileged to have her as our Queen and Sovereign for so many years. We now wish to welcome and support her son, Charles, as our King.

“From the people of Somerset, Long Live the King.”

Books of condolences

A book of condolences is available for the public at our Customer Connect office, Petters Way, Yeovil.

The office is open from 9am to 4pm from Monday to Friday. Please note that the office will be closed on Monday 19 September, as this day has been declared a Bank Holiday.

For anyone wishing to submit a tribute via post, we invite you to send these to The Council Offices, Brympton Way, Yeovil, BA20 2HT. 

An ebook of condolences is also available online at the following link: https://www.royal.uk/send-message-condolence

Elsewhere in Yeovil, there is a book of condolences available at St John's Church, Yeovil. The church will be open from 10am to 3pm Monday to Friday and from 10am to 1pm on Saturday. There is also a book of condolences available at the Nationwide Building Society during their normal opening times and at Town House on Union Street from 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.

Please be advised that all books of condolence will be closed at 5pm on Tuesday 20 September, in line with national guidance, and we ask that all tributes are submitted by this time. 

Floral tributes

We have also established a designated area for floral tributes at Yeovil Country Park, which will be signposted upon arrival. We ask that residents consider the environment when choosing tributes, for example avoiding non-recyclable plastic items. Parking will be free in Goldenstones Car Park during the period of national mourning.

Floral tributes to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will be collected from designated sites across the county on Wednesday 21 September.

Our StreetScene team will begin respectfully removing tributes on Wednesday morning, following the funeral of Her Majesty The Queen, as set out in Palace guidance.

National and Local Proclamations

The National Proclamation, the official announcement of Her Majesty’s death and acknowledgement of the commencement of the King’s new reign, took place at 11am on Saturday 10 September at St James’s Palace. 

The first Local Proclamation take place on Sunday 11 September in Taunton. It was read out by the High Sheriff of Somerset, Jennifer Duke, in front of the Market House in Taunton town centre.   

The short ceremony was supported by the five councils - Somerset County Council, Somerset West and Taunton Council, Sedgemoor District Council, Mendip District Council and South Somerset District Council. 

This was followed by South Somerset District Council’s Reading of the Proclamation, which took place at 4pm on Sunday 11 September at Yeovil Country Park, near Ninesprings Café.

If you weren't able to attend, a video of the event can be viewed below.

National Moment of Reflection

There will be a one-minute silence observed nationally at 8pm on Sunday 18 September as part of a National Moment of Reflection.

Funeral and Bank Holiday

The State Funeral of Her Majesty The Queen will take place at Westminster Abbey on Monday 19 September at 11am.

This day has been declared a Bank Holiday. Schools and colleges will be closed.

A two-minute silence will also be observed nationally at 11am as part of the state funeral.

You can see the official Government guidance here.

A Committal Service at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, will take place later the same day at 4:00pm.

On the morning of the State Funeral, the Lying-in-State will end at 6:30am as the final members of the public are admitted.
At 10:44am the Coffin will be borne in Procession on the State Gun Carriage of the Royal Navy from the Palace of Westminster to Westminster Abbey for the State Funeral.

Almost 200 people, who were recognised in The Queen’s Birthday Honours earlier this year, will join the congregation, including those who made extraordinary contributions to the response to the COVID-19 outbreak, and have volunteered in their local communities.

Towards the end of the Service, at approximately 11:55am, Last Post will sound followed by Two Minute’s Silence to be observed in the Abbey, and throughout the United Kingdom. The National Anthem will bring the State Funeral Service to a close at approximately 12:00 noon.

The Coffin will be transferred to the State Hearse to travel to Windsor. The Committal Service will begin at 4:00pm. The National Anthem will be sung at the conclusion of the Service. The Queen is to be buried together with The Duke of Edinburgh.

The BBC have stated "We know that many communities may wish to come together and observe the funeral of Her Majesty The Queen and so the BBC is providing local communities a TV Licence dispensation. The dispensation will allow any communal setting where TV is not usually watched, such as town halls, community centres and libraries across the UK, to screen the live programmes without needing to purchase a licence.

By law, if live television or BBC iPlayer is viewed on any premises, those premises must be covered by a valid TV Licence. However, in exceptional circumstances, the BBC can grant a dispensation for the temporary viewing of television, so long as the viewing is for the sole purpose of screening an event which is judged by the BBC to be of national importance."

We will share any information about local screenings and viewing areas on this page.  

Prior to the State Funeral, The Queen will Lie-in-State in Westminster Hall for four days, to allow the public to pay their respects.

The Queen's Coffin initially rested in the Ballroom at Balmoral Castle. Her Majesty's Coffin travelled to Edinburgh on Sunday 11 September, by road, and arrived at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, where it rested in the Throne Room until the afternoon of Monday 12 September.

On the afternoon of Monday 12 September, a Procession formed on the forecourt of the Palace of Holyroodhouse to convey the Coffin to St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh. The King and Members of the Royal Family took part in the Procession and attended the Service in St Giles’ Cathedral to receive the Coffin.

Her Majesty's Coffin laid at rest in St Giles' Cathedral, guarded by Vigils from The Royal Company of Archers, to allow the people of Scotland to pay their respects.

On the afternoon of Tuesday 13th September, The Queen's Coffin travelled from Scotland by Royal Air Force aircraft from Edinburgh Airport, arriving at RAF Northolt later that evening. The Coffin was accompanied on the journey by The Princess Royal. The Queen's Coffin was then conveyed to Buckingham Palace by road, to rest in the Bow Room.

On the afternoon of Wednesday 14th September, the Coffin was borne in Procession on a Gun Carriage of The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster. The Queen will Lie-in-State in Westminster Hall until the morning of the State Funeral.

The Procession travelled via Queen’s Gardens, The Mall, Horse Guards and Horse Guards Arch, Whitehall, Parliament Street, Parliament Square and New Palace Yard. After the Coffin arrived at Westminster Hall, The Archbishop of Canterbury conducted a short service assisted by The Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle, Dean of Westminster, and was attended by The King and Members of the Royal Family.

During the Lying-in-State, members of the public will have the opportunity to visit Westminster Hall to pay their respects to The Queen. On the morning of Monday 19th September, the Lying-in-State will end and the Coffin will be taken in Procession from the Palace of Westminster to Westminster Abbey, where the State Funeral Service will take place.

Following the State Funeral, the Coffin will travel in Procession from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch. From Wellington Arch, the Coffin will travel to Windsor and once there, the State Hearse will travel in Procession to St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle via the Long Walk. A Committal Service will then take place in St George's Chapel.

Changes to waste and recycling services

Somerset Waste Partnership have confirmed there will be no collections or recycling sites opening on Monday 19 September, the day of Her Majesty The Queen’s funeral.

All collections, including recycling, rubbish and garden waste, will take place a day later than scheduled for the rest of the week.

Collections scheduled for Friday 23 September take place on Saturday 24 September.

All 16 of Somerset’s recycling sites will be closed on Monday 19 September.

This page will continue to be updated with the latest information.

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