09 Sep 2022
Information regarding activity in Leeds to mourn the death of Her Majesty The Queen
September 15 2022: Information regarding books of condolence
A book of condolence for Her Majesty The Queen remains available to sign at Leeds Civic Hall and will be open there until 6pm on Tuesday, September 20. The council’s online book of condolence, which can be found here, will also be open until 6pm on Tuesday.
September 13 2022: Leeds councillors prepare to pay special tribute to Her Majesty The Queen
Councillors in Leeds are set to come together as one to pay heartfelt tribute to Queen Elizabeth II.
A special meeting of Leeds City Council has been called for tomorrow (Wednesday, September 14) as the country continues to mourn its late Sovereign.
The meeting will be an opportunity for councillors from across the city to share their thoughts on the Queen’s passing, reflect on her decades of dedicated service to the nation and extend their sympathies to the Royal Family.
Taking place at Leeds Civic Hall and getting under way at 1pm, the meeting will be chaired by the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Robert W Gettings MBE JP.
Members will also hear tributes from Ed Anderson CBE (HM Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire) and Susan Baker MBE JP DL (High Sheriff of West Yorkshire).
The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Robert W Gettings MBE JP, said:
“I am humbled to have the opportunity to play my part in an occasion that will give thanks from Leeds for our late Sovereign, Queen Elizabeth II, and her seven decades of dutiful and selfless service.
“The Queen visited our city many times during her remarkable reign, delighting and inspiring in equal measure the crowds who always turned out to see and greet her.
“To be able to pay tribute to her life and achievements, and to do so in the historic surroundings of a building such as the Civic Hall, will be an honour for all those involved.”
Members of the public can attend tomorrow’s meeting, which will also be available to watch live online.
Councillor James Lewis, leader of Leeds City Council, said:
“I know the loss of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has been deeply felt by many people in Leeds and, as a council, we are proud to be paying full and proper tribute to the longest-reigning monarch in the history of our country.
“This special meeting promises to be a moving and poignant occasion, with councillors speaking about what the Queen meant, not just to them personally but also to local communities and the city as a whole.
“The nationwide outpouring of grief we have seen over the last few days is testament to the unique place held by Her Majesty in the country’s affections, and tomorrow’s proceedings will help us both commemorate and celebrate her extraordinary life.”
September 12 2022: Information regarding live screening of the funeral of Her Majesty The Queen - Monday 19 September
Live coverage of the funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will be shown on the Millennium Square big screen between 10am to 6pm on September 19. Entry to the designated viewing area will be free (subject to capacity) with a limited number of seating options available on a first come first served basis. More details can be found here.
September 11 2022: Proclamation to the people of West Yorkshire and the City of Leeds of King Charles III
Today the Under Sheriff for West Yorkshire was accompanied by the Lord Mayor of Leeds and Lord Lieutenant in proclaiming the reign of King Charles III to the people of West Yorkshire and the City of Leeds at Leeds Civic Hall. Flags at all Leeds City Council civic buildings were raised to full mast to mark the occasion. Following the proclamations, flags have been re-lowered to half-mast where they will remain for the duration of the period of national mourning for our late Sovereign, Queen Elizabeth II. You can watch the live stream at https://youtu.be/2-tTn_FpedY
September 9 2022: Information regarding the Reading of the West Yorkshire Proclamation - Sunday 11 September at 12:45
Following the death of our late Sovereign, Queen Elizabeth II, the formal West Yorkshire Proclamation of King Charles III will take place on Sunday 11 September at 12:45 at Leeds Civic Hall.
The High Sheriff will be accompanied by the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Robert W Gettings MBE JP and Lord Lieutenant in proclaiming the reign of King Charles III in a historic moment for Leeds and West Yorkshire. Flags at all Leeds City Council civic buildings will be raised to full mast to mark the occasion. Following the proclamations flags will be re-lowered to half-mast where they will remain for the duration of the period of national mourning.
The short historic service will be live streamed on Leeds City Council’s YouTube channel for people who are unable to attend. Attendees will have the chance to sign the book of condolence after the service.
September 9 2022: Address to the nation by King Charles III
The address to the nation by King Charles III at 6pm tonight (Friday) will be shown live on the big screen in Millennium Square in Leeds city centre. All are welcome to attend.
September 9, 2022: Book of condolence for Her Majesty The Queen opened at Leeds Civic Hall
A book of condolence for Her Majesty The Queen has been opened at Leeds Civic Hall.
Members of the public can attend in person and sign the book from today or alternatively pay their respects using an online version at https://bookofcondolences.leeds.gov.uk
The book at Leeds Civic Hall will be available to sign from 8am-6pm every day including weekends.
Anyone wanting to sign should arrive at the Portland Crescent reception at Leeds Civic Hall and they will be brought through to the ante-chamber.
This morning Lord Mayor of Leeds Councillor Bob Gettings and leader of Leeds City Council James Lewis along with the cross party representatives and the council’s chief executive Tom Riordan officially opened and signed the book.
Floral tributes from members of the public can also be laid on the steps of Leeds Civic Hall.
September 9, 2022: Flags on civic buildings in Leeds have been lowered to half-mast
Flags on civic buildings in Leeds have been lowered to half-mast in honour of Queen Elizabeth II. Civic buildings including Leeds Civic Hall and Leeds Town Hall are also being lit up in purple.
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