Our late Sovereign Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II

Buckingham Palace has announced the very sad news that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has died. The city council will now observe a period of mourning until the day of the funeral.

Her Majesty The Queen

Books of condolence
A national online book of condolence will be available on the official website of the British Monarchy. Any residents who wish to sign the national online book of condolence who do not have internet access can use public computers in libraries, where library staff are able to assist. Library opening times are available online here.

The books of condolence will be open in the King's Hall, Stoke Town Hall from 1pm to 5pm on Friday 9 September. Opening times for the books of condolence will then be:

Saturday 10 September: 9am to 5pm

Sunday 11 September: closed

Monday 12 - Friday 16 September: 9am to 5pm

Saturday 17 September: 9am to 1pm

Floral tributes
Floral tributes will be laid on Kingsway, Stoke town on the grass near to the cenotaph. Alternatively, members of the public may wish to consider making a donation to a charity of their choice, or one of Her Majesty's Patronages in memory of Her Majesty The Queen, instead of leaving floral tributes.


Local proclamation ceremony- Sunday 11 September 

A local proclamation ceremony for the new monarch will take place at Stoke Cenotaph at 2:30pm on Sunday 11 September. It will be one of a series of similar events in towns and cities throughout the nation. 

The city of Stoke-on-Trent proclamation will be read at 2:30pm on Sunday (11 September) at Stoke Cenotaph by the High Sheriff of Staffordshire, Ben Robinson MBE DL, who has been invited by the Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire, Ian Dudson. At the end of the proclamation, there will be three cheers for “God Save The King”.

Present will be Lord Mayor Councillor Faisal Hussain, council leader Councillor Abi Brown and Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor Lesley Adams. 

The proclamation of a new monarch is an age-old ceremony last performed in February 1952 on the Accession of Queen Elizabeth II.

The proclamation will first be read first from the balcony at St James Palace above Friary Court by the Garter King of Arms (principal advisor to the monarch on matters of ceremony and heraldry) on Saturday 10 September. The Garter King of Arms then proceeds to make the proclamation at other London locations.

During the period of proclamations, starting with the initial event in London, flags will be raised back to full mast. They are subsequently lowered at 1pm on Sunday or immediately after local proclamations that take place after that time on Sunday. They then remain at half-mast until the morning after the state funeral.

The local proclamation is a unique opportunity for residents to pay their respects and we encourage residents to attend. This is one of the first occasions when communities can come together and reflect on the moment when the reign of our longest-serving Monarch came to an end and our new Sovereign succeeded.

Stoke-on-Trent Lord Mayor, Faisal Hussain said:

"I am deeply saddened to learn of the announcement that Her Majesty The Queen has passed away today (8 September).

"On behalf of the City of Stoke-on-Trent, our deepest condolences and prayers are with the members of the Royal Family.

“Her Majesty The Queen dedicated her life to public duty. We join communities across the UK and the world in mourning her loss.”

Stoke-on-Trent City Council leader, Abi Brown said:

"It is with the greatest sadness that I learned of the death of Her Majesty The Queen. My thoughts are very much with the Royal Family at this time.

“We will mourn her passing and pay our thanks for her dedication to the nation.

“Her Majesty has led our nation so steadfastly across seven decades. Her dedication to serving our nation is without parallel and the impact of her death cannot be expressed in words alone. Her Majesty has been a source of inspiration to so many people.”

Flags will also be flown at half-mast at Stoke Town Hall and Hanley Town Hall until 8am on the morning after the funeral. 

National Moment of Reflection

The National Moment of Reflection will take place at 8pm on Sunday 18 September, the night before the State Funeral, and be marked by a one-minute silence. The silence can be marked privately at home, with friends and family, out on doorsteps or the street with neighbours, or at locally arranged community events and vigils.

We will be marking the National Moment of Reflection at 8pm at Stoke Cenotaph, Kingsway, Stoke town.

Service of Commemoration for our late Sovereign Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II

To commemorate the life of our late Sovereign Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II, there will be a special Church service at Stoke Minster on Sunday 18 September from 6:30 pm.

The service will last one hour and be led by the Rector of Stoke, Canon Andrew Wickens before attendees will disperse to Stoke Cenotaph on Kingsway to observe the National Moment of Reflection at 8pm.

Residents are welcome to attend. Guests need to be seated by 6.15pm and Stoke Minster will open from 5.30pm.

The commemoration service for Her Late Majesty the Queen with be live streamed on our Facebook page for residents who are unable to attend


Residents can read the press release by clicking the below link:

Read the press release

Essential services during the bank holiday on Monday 19 September to mark the funeral of our late Sovereign Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has confirmed that social care services for adults and children will continue to take place as usual, with registration services for residents who already have appointments for births, deaths and marriages also continuing, if those residents wish to proceed with them. Bin collections will temporarily be suspended for the day, with households that are due for collection on Monday asked to put their bins out this Saturday, 17 September instead. 

For more information read the press release by clicking the link below:

Read the press release