The Mayor of Rushmoor, Councillor John Marsh, has expressed deep sadness on behalf of Rushmoor Borough Council and the people of Aldershot and Farnborough at the news of the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
The Mayor said: “On behalf of Rushmoor Borough Council and the people of Aldershot and Farnborough, I would like to express our deep sadness at the news of the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies at this time are with the Royal Family and those closest to Her Majesty, who served this country so admirably for more than 70 years.”
The Mayor will be sending a letter of condolence on behalf of the borough to the private secretary of His Majesty The King.
As a mark of respect, the council has lowered the Union flags to half-mast outside the Council Offices in Farnborough and in Princes Gardens, Aldershot.
Understandably, this is period of solemnity and reflection and therefore the council has cancelled a number of its forthcoming town centre events.
The council understands that many residents will want to offer their own thoughts and sympathies at this time of national mourning.
Books of condolence and flowers
We have arranged for books of condolence to be placed in the Council Offices at Farnborough and the Princes Hall, Aldershot.
They are available during normal office opening hours of 8.30am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday and 8.30am to 4.30pm on Fridays. You will be able to sign the books of condolence until 5pm on Tuesday 20 September.
The books will form part of the council’s archive to allow future generations to find out how national events were marked locally.
There is also a book of condolence on the Royal Family's website.
Anyone who wants to lay flowers, is asked to place them at the foot of the tree in front of the Council Offices or under the flagpole in Princes Gardens, Aldershot. You can lay flowers up to the evening of Tuesday 20 September.
In keeping with royal tradition, there was a proclamation ceremony outside the Council Offices on Sunday 11 September. This followed the national proclamation of the new Sovereign.
Service of commemoration on Sunday 18 September
There will be a memorial service at the Royal Garrison Church of All Saints, Aldershot, at 4pm on Sunday 18 September. All are welcome to attend.
Please visit our service of commemoration page for more information.
Bank holiday closures
On the day of the funeral (Monday 19 September), which is now a bank holiday, a number of our facilities and venues will be closed. These are:
- Council Offices, Farnborough
- Princes Hall, Aldershot
- Aldershot Pools
- Alpine Snowsports Centre
- Alderwood Leisure Centre
As a mark of respect, we will also not be operating our bin collection service on Monday. This will affect the week’s collections as our crews catch up. Please see our bin collections page for more details.