Statement from the Mayor of Rugby and Rugby Borough Council Group Leaders
“It is with great sadness we have learned of the death of Her Majesty the Queen, Elizabeth II.
“We join everyone in the United Kingdom in extending our deepest sympathies to the Royal Family on behalf of the residents of the borough of Rugby and our thoughts are with them at this time.
“Her Majesty the Queen devoted her life to our country and was a beacon of unity, strength and hope for all of us. The Union Flag will fly at half-mast at the Town Hall as a mark of respect for her historic reign and extraordinary life.”
Cllr Carolyn Watson-Merret, Mayor of Rugby
Cllr Seb Lowe, Leader of Rugby Borough Council
Cllr Maggie O'Rourke, Leader of the Labour Group
Cllr Jerry Roodhouse, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group
Summary of procedures and events following the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
- We will observe a period of national mourning. This will stay in place until the day following the state funeral. We understand this is likely to be on Monday 19 September 2022, but we are awaiting confirmation.
- All flags on the Town Hall have been taken down and the Union Flag is flying at half-mast. It will be raised again for the Proclamation but will return to half-mast for the remainder of the period of mourning.
- There are Books of Condolence available in the Benn Hall, Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, and Rainsbrook Crematorium. Car Parking in Rugby Borough Council car parks will be free of charge to those coming in to sign the Books of Condolence. There is also a digital Book of Condolence for those preferring to leave a message online.
- Any planned civic events or public meetings will not take place during the period of national mourning.
- We will also be pausing most of our usual communications, including on our social media channels, for at least 48 hours.
- The Proclamation of King Charles III will take place tomorrow at St James's Palace. Rugby Borough Council’s Proclamation will follow on Sunday 11 September 2022 at 2.30pm on the steps of the Town Hall.
- Those wishing to lay a floral tribute are encouraged to do so in Caldecott Park in the marked areas.
- There will be Reflective Services taking place at Coventry Cathedral and St Mary’s Church, Warwick. There may be a local service, too – please refer to St Andrew’s Church website for more details.