Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II - 21 April 1926 to 8 September 2022
The Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane has led borough tributes to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II following her death.
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Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane Councillor Paul Miller said: “On behalf of the council and people of the borough of Basingstoke and Deane, I wish to express our profound sympathy to the Royal Family at this very sad time. Our councillors, council officers and all the communities in this borough are greatly saddened by her passing and will mourn this profound loss.”
Book of condolence
An online book of condolence has been set up by the Royal Family for people wanting to send personal tributes. A selection of messages will be passed onto members of the Royal Family, and may be held in the Royal Archives for posterity.
The Mayor has sent a letter of condolence to the new Sovereign.
People wanting to leave floral tributes locally can lay these in a marked area at the edge of the War Memorial Park in Basingstoke near to the Civic Offices. The Mayor Cllr Paul Miller laid the first bouquet on Friday 9 September accompanied by the Deputy Lieutenant of Hampshire Lady Portal MBE DL (Louisa).
Civic Service in Memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
St Michael’s Church in Basingstoke held a Civic Service in Memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on Sunday 18 September. The Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane Cllr Paul Miller hosted the event with the service led by The Reverend John Hudson. The Rector of Basingstoke Church and the Bishop of Basingstoke Right Reverend David Williams delivered the sermon and the blessing. Toju Ogbe of Basingstoke African Caribbean Catholic Association led the prayers.
There were reflections from local resident Delia Gilham, who was 17 at the time of Queen Elizabeth II ascending to the throne, and Queen Mary’s College students Ffion Timmins and Arran Topham gave tributes from a younger person’s perspective.
The Local Proclamation ceremony
Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane Councillor Paul Miller read the local proclamation of the new Sovereign on Sunday 11 September in Basingstoke’s Market Place.
This was the local reading of the public notice of the accession of the new King, under national protocols. In London the public proclamation of the new Sovereign was first read out at St James's Palace on Saturday 10 September and was read the following day, in Winchester by the High Sheriff, and then in Basingstoke.
As his predecessor did in 1952, the Mayor read the proclamation in Market Place, Basingstoke. He was joined by the Deputy Lieutenant of Hampshire Lady Portal MBE DL (Louisa) and other dignitaries.
The Willis Museum in Market Place was formerly Basingstoke Town Hall, which is why this is the location for the local proclamation.
Elizabeth II was proclaimed Queen throughout the Commonwealth after her father, King George VI, died in the early hours of Wednesday 6 February 1952. Following this, a series of proclamations were made in different locations around the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. In Basingstoke, an announcement was made at the then Town Hall in Market Place on Friday 8 February 1952 by the Mayor Colonel Sidney Charles Rigby Dale.
Cllr Paul Miller said: “This is such a sad time for our nation, as we mourn the passing of the much-loved Queen Elizabeth II. Our hearts go out to the Royal Family at this time. But we must also remember that we are marking a new period in our history as we welcome our new King. I was honoured to be playing a role in that.”
The flags were lowered to half-mast on Queen Elizabeth’s death, and were raised again to confirm the accession of King Charles while the proclamations were read, before being lowered again until after the funeral.
National Moment of Reflection
A one-minute silence was held on Sunday 18 September at 8pm.
State funeral arrangements
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s State Funeral took place on Monday 19 September.