Following the death of Her Majesty The Queen, it is His Majesty The King’s wish that a period of Royal Mourning now be observed until seven days after The Queen’s Funeral. The date of the Funeral will be confirmed in due course.
Royal Mourning will be observed by Members of the Royal Family, Royal Household staff and Representatives of the Royal Household on official duties, together with troops committed to Ceremonial Duties.
Book of condolence
Ash Parish Council has placed a book of condolence for members of the public to sign which will be sent to the Royal Family. This is located in the foyer of the Ash Centre and will be available during office hours. The opening hours of the council offices are – 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. Monday to Friday.
The Royal Family has made available a book of condolence online. A selection of messages will be passed onto members of the Royal Family, and may be held in the Royal Archives for posterity. The book of condolence is available via the www.royal.uk website.
Statement from HRH King Charles III
The death of my beloved Mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family.
We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much-loved Mother. I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.
During this period of mourning and change, my family and I will be comforted and sustained by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which The Queen was so widely held.
Flags at half-mast
Following the death of Her Majesty The Queen, the Union Flag outside the Ash Centre has been lowed to half-mast and will remain so until 08.00 the day following The Queen’s State Funeral. During this period flags may be flown overnight.
Following government guidance, any non-official flags flying, such as the Rainbow Flag, should be taken down and replaced with a Union Flag at half-mast.