We are grieved to announce that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has died, aged 96, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.
The Mayor of Fylde, Councillor Ben Aitken, said:
“It is with great regret that we hear of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Our sorrow, shared by millions across the world, is tempered by a wonderful legacy of warmth, kindness, and dutiful service, and our thoughts are with the Royal Family at this time.
“Flower laying is welcomed at Lytham Windmill where a section will be cordoned off, and the Windmill itself will be lit deep purple. Our teams at Fylde Council will be wearing black armbands as a mark of respect.
“All public engagements are postponed at this time, and further announcements will be made in due course.”
The Leader of Fylde Council, Councillor Karen Buckley, said:
“We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Our sadness at this time is shared by people across Fylde and the world, as we remember with affection and gratitude the lifetime of service given by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
“As a mark of respect flags throughout the borough will be lowered to half-mast. A Book of Condolence will be opened at the Town Hall in the Bernard Room and will be available to sign from the morning of Friday 9 September 2022. Scheduled events throughout the borough will be postponed, full details can be found on the Council website, as well as detailed information regarding the proclamation.
“Prayers from the people of Fylde are offered to the Royal Family on this sad occasion for our nation and the world.”
Books of condolence
If you would like to pay your respects to Her Majesty the Queen you can do so in the following ways:
- Complete Lancashire County Council’s online book of condolence which will be available until Tuesday 20 September
- Write in one of the traditional books of condolence, which is available to sign on weekdays (excluding the bank holiday on Monday 19 September) at the Town Hall from 9am – 5pm until Tuesday 20 September.
Period of mourning and flower tributes
There is now a period of mourning where people across the country can pay their respects to Her Majesty.
This will last until the day after the state funeral.
You are welcome to lay a floral tribute at the windmill on Lytham Green, and it will also light up purple throughout the national mourning period in memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Proclamation of the new King
There will be national and local proclamations to mark the accession of the new King.
Details are as follows:
- The national proclamation for the new King will take place at Buckingham Palace on Saturday 10 September
- There will be a County proclamation on Sunday 11 September at 1pm, where the High Sheriff of Lancashire will proclaim the king’s name and his accession. This will take place on the steps of the Harris Museum in Preston
- Following this there will be a proclamation in Fylde at the Town Hall in St Annes by the Mayor of Fylde, Councillor Ben Aitken at 3pm on Sunday 11 September
Events and changes to services
During the period of mourning planned events have been cancelled and some facilities within Fylde have been closed. For more information on this please visit Discover Fylde.
We will update this page with any changes to council services.
Recognising that The Queen will be greatly missed, it is likely that you may feel a sense of loss and grief.
For advice and support at such a time, please visit: www.nhs.uk or www.cruse.org.uk.