Remembering Her Majesty The Queen
The people of Wirral are greatly saddened to hear of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Update - 10 September 2022 at 5pm: The Royal Family have announced that the State Funeral for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will take place at Westminster Abbey on Monday 19 September at 11am. A National Day of Mourning will take place to allow the nation to pay their respects.
Our borough, along with the rest of the nation and Commonwealth, is now in a period of mourning which will continue until the end of the day of the State Funeral, details will be announced shortly.
Flags at Birkenhead and Wallasey Town Halls as well as other civic buildings are now being flown at half-mast as a mark of respect.
Both Town Halls and the Gardens at Hamilton Square will also be illuminated purple each evening during the period of mourning. Books of condolence are now open at the following locations across the borough:
• Birkenhead Town Hall (9am-6pm daily except for Sunday and Monday)
• Eastham Library (9am-6pm, daily except for Sunday and Monday)
• The Floral Pavilion, New Brighton (9am-6pm daily but on Monday 19th September only until the end of the funeral broadcast)
• West Kirby Concourse (9am-6pm daily except Monday)
*All Books of Condolence will close at 5pm on Tuesday 20th September.
The National online Book of Condolence, which will be kept by the Royal Household, is now available to sign.
At 12 noon today the bells of Birkenhead Town Hall tolled 96 times to mark each year of the life of the monarch.
Residents wishing to leave a floral tribute are invited to lay them close to the Cenotaph in Hamilton Square, Birkenhead. You may also wish to consider making a donation to one of the many charities and patronages associated with HM The Queen.
Details of Remembrance Services at Liverpool Cathedral, the Metropolitan Cathedral and Chester Cathedral will be provided shortly.
At 2.30pm on Sunday (11 September), a proclamation to announce the new King will be read from the balcony at Birkenhead Town Hall. Residents are invited to come along to view this centuries-old tradition.
The Mayor of Wirral, Cllr Jeff Green, said:
It was with great sadness that I, like the rest of the country, learnt about the passing of our Queen.
We have lost a much-loved and respected Sovereign who, for 70 years, demonstrated an extraordinary sense of duty and devotion to our country, people and to public service.
The high regard that people and communities held her in was so evident at every Platinum Jubilee celebration I had the honour of visiting earlier this summer.
Over the coming days we will all have an opportunity to reflect on, and give thanks for, her exceptional life.
Rest in Peace, Your Majesty. And God Save the King.