Where to sign before Queen’s funeral


Mourners lined up in the tens of thousands to pay their respects to the Queen after her coffin was brought to Westminster Hall for her lie.

Wait times have reached over 11 hours, stretching five miles along London’s South Bank, with many waiting all night for a fleeting glimpse of the late monarch’s coffin.

The ceremony will end at 6.30am Monday, the day of the Queen’s state funeral, meaning many people could miss the chance to say goodbye in person.

However, the Royal Family have organized a book of condolences which you can sign to send a personal message. Here’s what you need to know.

How do I sign the condolence book?

Members of the public can leave their messages in a digital condolence book on the Royal Family’s website here.

You need to enter your name, email address and location and then write a message.

There will be no physical book of condolences in any of the royal residences.

A similar condolence book was opened by the Royal Family for members of the public to pay their respects to the Duke of Edinburgh last year.

Following the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, condolence books have been opened across the UK and beyond.

People lined up until 12 noon at St James’s Palace to write their tributes, while others contributed to books at British embassies and consulates around the world.

Are there physical condolence books?

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

Councilor 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 now putting in place local arrangements to assist the public to 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.”

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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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