Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II

HM The Queen

Statement from Chair of Lewes District Council, Councillor Adrian Ross

The councillors and officers of Lewes District Council are deeply saddened at the news of the death of Her Majesty The Queen, Elizabeth II.

Our thoughts are with the Royal Family at this time.

A book of condolence will be opened at reception in Southover House, where the Union Flag is flying at half-mast.

Statement from the Mayor of Eastbourne, Councillor Pat Rodohan

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

Our thoughts are with the Royal Family at this time.

A book of condolence will be opened at reception in the Town Hall. Here, the Union Flag is flying at half-mast and also at The Bandstand.

Flag Flying

The Union Flag is being flown at half-mast and will be raised to full mast on Proclamation Day (September 10) when the new sovereign is proclaimed.

The flag will be returned to half-mast the day following Proclamation Day and then flown at half-mast until the day following the funeral. 

Book of Condolence

A Book of Condolence has been opened at Southover House reception in Lewes and Town Hall reception in Eastbourne and will remain open until the day after the funeral.

The Royal website have opened an online book of condolence.

Flowers

Flowers can be laid outside Lewes House, 32 High Street, Lewes on the front terrace and at the front of the Town Hall in Eastbourne in the marked area. 

The Proclamation of the new King

The Proclamation will be made on 10 September at St. James Palace at 11.00am. 

Proclamation for East Sussex - The Proclamation will then be read by the High Sheriff of East Sussex at County Hall, St Anne’s Crescent, Lewes on 11 September at 1:00pm.

Proclamation for Eastbourne - The Proclamation will then be read by the Mayor of Eastbourne, Councillor Pat Rodohan at Town Hall, Eastbourne, Grove Road on 11 September at 4:00pm. The Union Flag will be raised to full mast for the duration of the Proclamation.

The Proclamation of a new Sovereign is a very old tradition which is traced back over many centuries. 

This ceremony does not create a new King. It is an announcement of the accession which took place immediately on the death of the reigning monarch. The proclamation is one of the first occasions when communities can come together and reflect on the moment in our nation’s history when the reign of our longest-serving Monarch came to an end and our new Sovereign succeeded.

Church services

A Civic Service of Commemoration, marking the death of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will take place at St Mary the Virgin, Eastbourne Parish Church, Old Town at 6:00pm on Sunday 18 September.

A Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will be taking place at St Anne's Church, the Parish Church of Lewes, Western Road at 6:30pm on Sunday 18 September.

National Moment of Reflection

A one-minute silence to remember the life of Her Late Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II will be observed across the UK at 8:00pm on Sunday 18 September.

Further details

Further details nationally can be found at: www.royal.uk