Residents of Waltham Forest,
I know that you will join me in expressing your deepest condolences to the Royal Family after the passing of HM Queen Elizabeth II earlier today (8 September 2022). The Queen had been on throne since 1952, making her the longest-serving British monarch in history, and for most people in the UK she has been a constant throughout their lives. Her passing brings to a close a lifetime of public service and is truly the end of an era.
I would like to let you know about how you can join me in paying your respects. I encourage you to share your tribute in the official online Book of Condolences, which we will also be sharing shortly. Flags are being lowered to half-mast across the borough as a sign of respect.
In 2012, we were proud to welcome Her Majesty to Waltham Forest as part of her Diamond Jubilee tour. We treasure these memories, and photographs from the day form part of our photographic archive of the borough, found at Vestry House Museum. More recently, in June 2022 we and our residents celebrated together to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Her Majesty led a life of selfless devotion to the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth, and her passing is a cause for great sadness to us all. We recognise, too, the very personal loss that members of the Royal Family are feeling at this difficult time.
A book of condolence is available in the reception of the Town Hall, Fellowship Square for those who wish to pay their respects,
In memoriam Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
21 April 1926 - 8 September 2022
Mayor of Waltham Forest, Karen Bellamy
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