Queen Elizabeth II
The Royal Household has announced the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Newham Council is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning British monarch. Our deepest condolences are with the Royal Family.
Official tributes have been paid on behalf of Newham by the Mayor of Newham, Rokhsana Fiaz OBE Mayor Rokhsana Fiaz OBE statement on the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II – Newham Council
Newham has preparations in place to allow residents to leave tributes and has collated information to help everyone understand arrangements during the period of mourning.
Messages of Condolence
Books of condolence for residents to sign at:
- Stratford Library, 3 The Grove, Stratford E15 1EL
- East Ham Library, 328 Barking Road, East Ham E6 2RT
- Canning Town Library, 18 Rathbone Market, Barking Road, Canning Town E16 1EH
- Beckton Globe Library 1 Kingsford Way, London E6 5JQ
- Forest Gate Library, 6-8 Woodgrange Road, Forest Gate E7 0QH
- North Woolwich Library, 5 Pier Parade, North Woolwich E16 2LJ
- Manor Park Library, 685-693 Romford Road, London E12 5AD
- Katherine Road Community Centre, 254 Katherine Road, Forest Gate E7 8PN
The Books of Condolence will be available at the following times:
- Monday – Saturday 9am-8pm
- Sunday – 10am-5pm
- Bank holiday - closed
Online Book of Condolence
Residents can also post message on the online book of condolence hosted on the Royal website. https://www.royal.uk/
If you do not have access to the internet you can use a computer at one of our libraries.
You can find more information about laying flowers or other memorial items on the Royal Household’s website.
There are two locations for residents to lay flowers and wreaths in Newham. They are open between 9am and 6pm until Sunday 18 September
- The War Memorial, located in Central Park, High Street South, E6
- The Stratford Martyrs Memorial, St. John’s Church, Stratford Broadway, E15
Residents are asked to remove any wrapping before laying the flowers. We respectfully ask those paying their respects to avoid leaving non-perishable items.
We are keeping the floral tributes for as long as we can. However, when they begin to decay we will remove and compost them. Any cards left with the flowers will be kept and stored as part of our archive.
Floral tributes can also be left at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Read more on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park website.
Reminiscence coffee morning, following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
Following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and in the run up to her funeral on Monday 19 September our libraries will host reminiscence coffee mornings, from 10am-12noon.
The coffee morning will be an opportunity for residents to come along and talk about their experiences and memories of the Queen, the royal family and gather with others from the community.
Tuesday 13 September
Forest Gate Library, 6-8 Woodgrange Road, Forest Gate E7 0QH
North Woolwich Library, 5 Pier Parade, North Woolwich E16 2LJ
Wednesday 14 September
Canning Town Library, 18 Rathbone Market, Barking Road, E16 1EH
Thursday 15 September
Custom House Library, Prince Regent Lane, E16 3JJ
Katherine Road Community Centre, 254 Katherine Road, Forest Gate E7 8PN
Manor Park Library, 685-693 Romford Road, E12 5AD
Friday 16 September
Beckton Globe Library, 1 Kingsford Way, London E6 5JQ
Saturday 17 September
Plaistow Library, North Street, E13 9HN
Her Majesty The Queen's Lying-in-State at the Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament)
During the Lying-in-State period, Her Majesty The Queen’s closed coffin rests on a raised platform, which is called a catafalque, inside Westminster Hall in the Palace of Westminster (also known as the Houses of Parliament). Members of the public attending will file past the catafalque to pay their respects.
Her Majesty The Queen’s Lying-in-State at the Palace of Westminster opened to the public at 5pm on Wednesday 14 September. It will be open 24 hours a day until it closes at 6.30am on Monday 19 September. The queue may close early to ensure as many visitors in the queue as possible can enter the Palace before the Lying-in-State period comes to an end.
The BBC’s red button service will provide a live feed from Westminster Hall and ITV and Sky will be running extensive coverage. An online book of condolence is also available for people to add personal messages.
If you wish to attend the Lying-in-State in person, please note that there will be a queue, which is expected to be very long. You will need to stand for many hours, possibly overnight, with very little opportunity to sit down as the queue will be continuously moving.
Large crowds are expected, and there are likely to be delays on public transport and road closures around the area. You should check ahead, plan accordingly and be prepared for long queues. Find out how to get to London, how to get to the queue and how to join the queue.
Visitors will go through airport-style security and there are tight restrictions on what you can take in. Only small bags are permitted. There is more information in the section below on what you should and should not bring.
Please make sure you read this guidance before starting your journey to attend the Lying-in-State at Her Majesty The Queen's Lying-in-State at the Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament) - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
“The Proclamation” is the official announcement of the new monarch.
The Proclamation was initially read at St. James’s Palace, and then at the Royal Exchange in the City of London.
The Proclamation was then read the following day in cities, boroughs, districts and counties across the country. In Newham, the Proclamation was read at Old Town Hall, Stratford.