Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

This Council has expressed its deep sadness at the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Civic Chairman Councillor Graham Elliott, leading the Derbyshire Dales in expressing the district's condolences, said:
"The residents and businesses of the Dales share the sorrow and grief of a nation, the Commonwealth and indeed the world at this news. At the same time we are immensely grateful for Her Majesty's unstinting dedication to duty and service as the longest reigning monarch in history.
"Flags are being flown at half-mast at our Town Hall headquarters and our parks in Ashbourne, Bakewell and Matlock. A two minute silence will be observed at all of the Council’s premises at the designated time and Books of Condolence will be available in every Derbyshire Dales Town. We offer our sincere condolences to the Royal Family."
Books of Condolence will be hosted by Ashbourne Town Council (Town Hall), Bakewell Town Council (Town Hall), Darley Dale Town Council (The Whitworth), Matlock Town Council (Imperial Rooms) and Wirksworth Town Council (Town Hall) from 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday, and will remain open until 5pm on the day following the funeral. A Book of Condolence will also be opened at the offices of Derbyshire Dales District Council (Town Hall) from 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday.

An online Book of Condolence is available on the Royal Website www.royal.uk

Here are the designated places in our Derbyshire Dales towns to lay floral tributes to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II:
  • Ashbourne: Recreation Ground and Memorial Gardens
  • Bakewell: Bath Gardens
  • Darley Dale: Whitworth Park (bank below the terrace)
  • Matlock: The Park Head are in Hall Leys Park
  • Wirksworth: Memorial Gardens in St John's Street
Church services are expected to be organised across the Dales and The Proclamation of the new Sovereign will be made at St. James’s Palace on Saturday 10 September and then cascaded, being read at the Royal Exchange in the City of London, then Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh.

Following this the reading of the Principal Proclamation within the County of Derbyshire will be undertaken by the High Sheriff at County Hall, Matlock, and then at the Council House, Derby.

Our Civic Chairman Councillor Elliott will then read the Proclamation at a short public ceremony at 3pm on Sunday 11 September at Park Head, Hall Leys Park, Matlock. 

HM Lord-Lieutenant Elizabeth Fothergill CBE said:
"I join with the whole nation in grief and mourning and particularly with the people of Derbyshire on this most sad day as we mark the passing of our much loved Sovereign, Queen Elizabeth II.

"During her 70 year reign and as our longest serving Monarch, she has been the epitome of strength and steadfast commitment to this United Kingdom and to our Commonwealth of Countries since taking her solemn vows back at her Coronation in 1953.

"In all these years she has been unwavering in her faith, her loyalty and sense of duty to our Country helping us all through good and bad times in the last and the present Century.

"I’m sure that you all have your own wonderful memories of her life. During my entire life I have been witness to her remarkable dedication to our way of life, our values and customs, all so nobly and gracefully upheld by Her Majesty The Queen.

"Our condolences also go out to the entire Royal family but especially her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren at this very solemn time for our nation.

"We shall all look back in gratitude for her selfless example and offer our support and loyalty to His Majesty The King."

On Friday afternoon our Civic Chairman Councillor Graham Elliott, Leader Councillor Garry Purdy and Deputy Leader Councillor Sue Hobson placed flowers by the walkway in Hall Leys Park in tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

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This Council has expressed its deep sadness at the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

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