Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Over the coming days and weeks, our country will mark The Queen’s passing and the accession of King Charles III. Reflecting this, update will be included below on the arrangements put in place in relation to this. Some of the timings may be subject to change.

Books of Condolence

Books of Condolence will be available to sign at the following locations in Hull from 10am 9 September 2022 until the day after the funeral has been held, subject to opening times.

Libraries – find out where your local Library is and when it is open.

Ferens Art Gallery – find out when the Ferens Art gallery is open.

Members of the public are also invited to place their condolences in the Buckingham Palace e-Book of Condolence.

All books of condolence will be bound and placed in the Hull History Centre.

Floral Tributes

Floral tributes can be placed at Queen Victoria Statue in Queen Victoria Square. Floral tributes will be retained in situ whilst they remain fresh.  In any other circumstance flowers and other tributes will remain in place until the day after the funeral at the earliest.

Hull Minster Prayer

Hull Minster will hold hourly prayers between the hours of 10am – 3pm and 5pm – 8pm every day until the day of the funeral.


The official Proclamation of the new Sovereign is expected to take place by Saturday 10 September, 2022 and will be made first at St. James’s Palace and then it will be read at the Royal Exchange in the City of London.

On the following day from noon, the Proclamation will be read: in Edinburgh by Lord Lyon King of Arms at Mercat Cross and at the drawbridge to Edinburgh Castle; in Cardiff by Wales Herald Extraordinary at Cardiff Castle; in Belfast by Norroy and Ulster King of Arms. Following this, the Proclamation will then be read locally at 1pm.

Again subject to final confirmation, with respect to the arrangements in place within Hull and the East Riding, there will first be an announcement in Queen Victoria Square by the Town Crier followed by a procession of Civic dignitaries from the Guildhall to Queen Victoria Square (assembly and robing will commence at 11.45am at the Guildhall) where the Proclamation will be read by the High Sheriff of the East Riding of Yorkshire from the balcony of Hull City Hall.

During the Proclamation, the flags will be raised to full-mast and, subsequently, lowered during the official period of mourning.

The official period of mourning will be a minimum of 10 days and is the time between today and the day of the funeral.