Death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II Regina 1926 to 2022

The councillors and officers of Rochdale Borough Council are deeply saddened at the news of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Our thoughts are with the Royal Family at this time.

A period of national mourning commenced with the announcement and will continue until the state funeral. 

Flags have been lowered to half-mast at the civic buildings across the borough and will be raised to full-mast after the funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. 

Nationwide silence to honour Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

There will be 2 moments of silence observed throughout the United Kingdom to pay respects to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II: 

  • The National Moment of Reflection will take place at 8pm on Sunday 18 September 2022, the night before the State Funeral, and will be marked by a one-minute silence. Read more about the National Moment of Reflection
  • The State Funeral has been confirmed to start at 11am on Monday 19 September 2022. At the end of the funeral service, for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, there will be a two-minute silence. 

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Commemorative Civic Service 

A civic church service in honour of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is being held on Sunday 18 September 2022 at St Chad’s Church in Rochdale.

The Mayor, Councillor Ali Ahmed, and other local dignitaries will attend to pay their respects to Her Majesty. The service will begin at 6.30pm and is open to the public to attend. Anyone wishing to attend should arrive no later than 6.15pm. The service will include the national minute’s silence, which is being observed at 8pm.

People attending are being asked to wear suitable clothing that reflects the mood of the occasion and the national mourning period. The dress code for the service is a dark lounge suit, dress or jacket and trousers. The dress code is only a guide and not mandatory, and everyone is welcome to attend.

Commemorative services are also being held on Sunday 18 September 2022 at the following locations:

National book of condolence

The national online book of condolence can be found and signed on the Royal Family website.

Local books of condolence

Condolence books will generally close at the end of the day, following the day of the funeral.

Such books of condolence are a local record of the sentiments expressed by local people on the death of a national figure. As such, they will form part of Rochdale Borough Council's archive. This will allow future generations to have access to the archive and find out how the national event was marked.

Local books of condolence have been opened in the following locations. These locations will remain open on bank holiday Monday, 19 September 2022, for you to write a condolence message. 

Rochdale Central Library: sign the book of condolence

Heywood Library: sign the book of condolence

Littleborough Library: sign the book of condolence

Middleton Arena: sign the book of condolence

Address: Middleton Arena, L/Cpl Joel Halliwell VC Way, Middleton M24 1AG 

Opening times:

  • Monday: 6.30am-10pm
  • Tuesday: 6.30am-10pm
  • Wednesday: 6.30am-10pm
  • Thursday: 6.30am-10pm
  • Friday: 6.30am-10pm
  • Saturday: 9.30am-3pm
  • Sunday: 8am-3pm

Local care homes: sign the book of condolence

The Mayor of Rochdale, Councillor Ali Ahmed, is visiting the local care settings across the borough with the book of condolence for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II including:

  • Half Acre House Residential Care Home Care Home
  • Leighton House Retirement Home
  • The Mews Nursing Home
  • Langfield Nursing and Residential Home

This will provide residents in the borough living in care homes the opportunity to sign the book and offer their condolences.

Floral tributes

You may wish to leave floral tributes to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. We would ask that anyone leaving flowers remove any plastic or cellophane wrapping and anything else non-biodegradable. This will help ensure the flowers can be composted.

Flowers can be left at our memorials in the following locations:

The Proclamation of King Charles III

On Sunday, 11 September 2022 at 3pm outside Number One Riverside in Rochdale town centre the Mayor read a Proclamation to formally announce King Charles III as sovereign.

The local Proclamation followed a national Proclamation of Ascension, which was read in London on Saturday, 10 September 2022.

The Mayor of Rochdale, Councillor Ali Ahmed, invited councillors, council officers, Honorary Aldermen, local MPs, local Deputy Lieutenants, the Mayor’s Chaplain, Borough Dean, the Vicar of Rochdale and residents to attend the local Proclamation ceremony.

The Proclamation was read by the Mayor of Rochdale at 3pm, formally announcing to the borough that a new monarch is in place.

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