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Wiltshire Council updates on arrangements following the death of HM The Queen

Following the deeply sad news of the death of Her Majesty The Queen, Wiltshire Council is updating people on the arrangements for the County Proclamation, books of condolence and floral tributes.

Published 9 September 2022
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Following the deeply sad news of the death of Her Majesty The Queen, Wiltshire Council is updating people on the arrangements for the County Proclamation, books of condolence and floral tributes.

The National Proclamation of the new King will be held tomorrow (Saturday 10 September) from St James's Palace, London. This will be followed on Sunday 11 September by Capital City Proclamations, and then County and local Proclamations.

In Wiltshire, the County Proclamation will be made by the High Sheriff of Wiltshire on the steps of old County Hall, Trowbridge at 1pm on Sunday 11 September. Local and Town Proclamations can then be held at the discretion of each town or parish council.

People are welcome to attend the County Proclamation and it will also be streamed on Facebook live at www.facebook.com/WiltshireCouncil (opens new window) if people cannot attend.

Bythesea Road, in front of County Hall, will be closed from approximately 12.45pm-1.15pm on Sunday 11 September for the Proclamation.

From Monday 12 September, books of condolence will be available to sign at County Hall, Trowbridge; Monkton Park, Chippenham; Bourne Hill, Salisbury; and all Wiltshire Council libraries and mobile libraries. There is also an online book of condolence on the Wiltshire Council website at www.wiltshire.gov.uk/registration-service/royal-memorial-events/book-of-condolence-for-her-majesty-the-queen

The condolence books will remain open until the day after the funeral and will then be sent to the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre for the archives.

The designated place for floral tributes is the front of County Hall. Mourners are kindly requested to remove all plastic wrapping from the floral tributes so they can be recycled after the period of National Mourning.

HM Lord-Lieutenant of Wiltshire, Mrs Sarah Rose Troughton, said: We are all greatly saddened by the death of Her Majesty The Queen and our thoughts and prayers are with the Royal Family at this difficult time.

Following the Proclamation of King Charles III tomorrow at St James's Palace, we will hold our own County Proclamation, read by the High Sheriff of Wiltshire, the Marchioness of Lansdowne, at 1pm on Sunday 11 September at County Hall. We do hope to see many people from Wiltshire there for this historic occasion.

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