Royal website, churches and local councils open condolence books for Queen

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Looks of condolence for the Queen are open in churches, theaters and local authorities across the country as well as on the royal website.

The royal family has added their “Book of Condolences” to the official website, allowing people around the world to send messages of support.

The website states: “A selection of messages will be passed on to members of the Royal Family and may be kept in the Royal Archives for posterity.”

There will be no physical condolence books in any of the royal residences, but members of the public can leave their messages at https://www.royal.uk/send-message-condolence.

Neither the royal family nor the government will be able to receive condolence books.

In their national mourning guidelines, the royal family said: “There will be opportunities to sign condolence books at various town halls and other locations across the UK. Please check with your local authority.

The guidelines also state that any organization or individual can open a condolence book during the national mourning period.

The books are usually placed on a trestle table with a white tablecloth, an arrangement of flowers – usually lilies or other white flowers – and a framed formal photograph of the Queen with a black ribbon wrapped around the upper right corner as a sign. of respect.

Local councils across the UK have set up books for people to write messages of support – some physically and some online.

Cllr James Jamieson, chairman of the Local Government Association, said in a statement: ‘Councils have been proud to serve Her Majesty throughout her reign and will continue to do so by putting in place local arrangements to help the public express their own sympathy. .

“These arrangements will include opening public and virtual books of condolence, half-masting flags and overseeing arrangements for the laying of flowers in public spaces.”

Portsmouth City Council, Westminster City Council, Swansea Council, Derby City Council, Preston City Council, Nottingham City Council, Lancashire County Council and Belfast City Council are part of those who have already set up books to be signed by local residents.

Elsewhere, the Church of England website has opened an online memorial book and is encouraging people to light a virtual candle for the Queen.

The Central Council of Church Bell Ringers has also encouraged parishes to open condolence books by recommending ringing muffled bells for an hour from noon on Friday.

St Philip’s Cathedral in Birmingham, Lincoln Cathedral, Guildford Cathedral and Wakefield Cathedral are among those hosting books of condolences for visitors to sign.

Theaters across the country are also opening condolence books, turning off their lights, observing a minute’s silence and playing the national anthem before performances as a sign of respect.

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