Buckingham Palace has announced that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon (Thursday 8th September 2022). She was 96.
The Queen was the UK’s longest-serving monarch, reigning for 70 years, with extensive celebrations to mark her Platinum Jubilee having taken place in Ruddington just three months’ ago.
RUDDINGTON.info is among those from our village and beyond extending their deepest sympathy to the Royal Family at this very sad time.
Vicar of Ruddington, Rev Andrew Buchanan, says: “We will be opening St Peter’s Church from 10am to 4pm on Friday (9th) and Saturday (10th) September, as a quiet and prayerful space, to mark the passing of our Queen. Everyone will be welcome.”
He adds: “We would also hope to be open during the Queen’s funeral, where there will be a Book of Condolence and an opportunity to leave flowers.”
Then, this Sunday (11th), the bells of St Peter’s will be rung half muffled from 10am to 10.30am as a mark of respect for Her Majesty.
Meantime, Chair of Ruddington Parish Council, Cllr Graham Fletcher, will be laying flowers outside St Peter’s Rooms tomorrow (Friday) morning at 9am. He says: “The Council send their deepest condolences to the Royal Family at this very sad time. We hope that others will join us and our local Churches and organisations in this period of mourning for a truly inspirational Monarch.”
A Book of Condolence will be available for residents to sign within St Peter’s Rooms, on Monday to Friday from 9am until 12.30pm until after the state funeral, and further flowers can be laid outside the building on Church Street.
Ruddington Baptist Church has Tweeted: “We join with our nation and world in mourning the loss of HM Queen Elizabeth II. She lived a life of dedicated service, commitment and faith. We pray today for her family and all who mourn her loss.”
The Mayor of Rushcliffe, Cllr Tina Combellack, says: “It is with great sadness to learn of the death of Her Majesty The Queen and a monarch who gave strength to so many for so long around the world and epitomised leadership with humility and dedication. She has been a figure in all our lives for as long as many of us can remember. We share the Royal Family’s mourning for her loss and will be informing residents in due course how they can pay their respects to acknowledge her life and passing.”
Ruddington Rushcliffe Borough Councillors Jen Walker and Mike Gaunt add: “Our thoughts are with The Royal Family at this incredibly sad time. Flags are at half-mast at our Rushcliffe Arena base.”
The Framework Knitters’ Museum has posted: “We’re really sorry to hear the news this evening of the death of Her Majesty the Queen. On behalf of the @FWKMuseum community we extend our condolences to her family at this sad time.”
It is understood that her eldest son, now King Charles III, and his Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening before returning to London tomorrow.
The Union Jack at St Peter’s Rooms is currently at half-mast to mark the mourning period but will be raised full-mast at 11am on Proclamation Day, Saturday 10th September (the day the new sovereign is proclaimed), to coincide with the reading of the Principal Proclamation in London – followed by other parts of the UK. After that, this Sunday at 1pm, the flag will return to half mast.
We will update further on where and when in Ruddington you can remember and reflect on the life of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.