Isle of Wight Council

09 Sep 2022

The passing of Her Majesty The Queen

The councillors and officers of the Isle of Wight Council are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Her Majesty The Queen and extend their heartfelt condolences to members of the Royal Family at this time.

We remember with immense gratitude her lifetime of service to the country and the Commonwealth, and her time spent on the Island.

Flags at County Hall have been set to half-mast where they will remain throughout the national period of mourning.

God save the King.

Floral tributes

We respectfully ask that anyone wishing to lay flowers in tribute, should do so at Church Litten in Newport. Signs are in place to advise where floral tributes may be placed.

We will be providing bins so that you can dispose of any cellophane/wrapping. Please do not place flowers wrapped in cellophane.

Books of Condolence

We are opening a number of Books of Condolence across the Island, and people are invited to sign these to pay their respects. The locations include: 

  • County Hall, Newport;
  • Cowes Library;
  • Freshwater Library;
  • Ryde Library;
  • Ventnor Library;
  • Sandown Library.

County Hall is open Monday to Thursday, 8.30am until 5pm and on Fridays from 8.30am until 4.30pm. Opening times for individual libraries.

A Book of Condolence has also opened at Newport Minster. The minster is open until 7pm today (Friday 9 September), and from 10am until 2.30pm on Saturday and from 10am until 2.20pm on Sunday.

Books of Condolence have also opened in the Box Office at Shanklin Theatre and at the East Side Curve at East Cowes Town Hall. The town hall will also be live streaming the funeral for any members of the public wishing to attend.

Books of Condolence are also located at:

Arreton - St George's. The book of condolence will be open on day of the State Funeral
Chale - St Andrew's
Seaview - St Peter’s Church 
Niton - Church of St John the Baptist
Whitwell - St Mary and St Radegund Church
Shanklin - St Blasius
Shalfleet - St Michael's Church
St Helens - St Helen's Church and St Catherine's on the Green
Bembridge - Holy Trinity
Binstead - Holy Cross
Wootton - St Edmunds (9am-5pm)
Newchurch - All Saints
Ryde - All Saints
Mottistone - St Peter and Paul
Brook - St Mary the Virgin
Freshwater - All Saints
Freshwater Bay - St Agnes
Havenstreet - St Peters
Wroxall - St John the Evangelist
Ryde - St John's the Baptist with Holy Trinity
Fishbourne - Royal Victoria Yacht Club, Fishbourne Lane 

A National Condolence Online Book is also available to sign at

Local Proclamation

Crowds gathered in St Thomas' Square, Newport, on Sunday afternoon to watch the High Sheriff of the Isle of Wight, Mrs Kay Marriott, read The Proclamation announcing the start of His Majesty, King Charles III's reign.
The reading was followed by the singing of the first verse of the National Anthem, accompanied by members of the Wight Diamonds Marching Band, and three cheers for our new King.
Thank you to everyone who came along to witness this historic moment.

You can watch a video of the Proclamation by visiting the council's YouTube channel:

A Special Commemoration Service marking the death of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

A Special Commemoration Service marking the death of Her Late Majesty The Queen will be held in Newport Minster this weekend, with Island residents invited to pay their respects to the late monarch.

The Commemoration Service, which takes place on the eve of the State Funeral, will reflect upon the life and work of the Late Queen and will include prayers both for her and the Royal Family.

Led by the Acting Archdeacon of the Isle of Wight, Rev Allie Kerr, the service will host invited local dignitaries including His Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight, Mrs Susie Sheldon.

The service will also feature the choirs of the parish of Newport and Carisbrooke and the Isle of Wight Cantata Choir.

The Commemoration Service is to take place at 6pm on Sunday (18 September).

Island residents are warmly invited to attend though capacity is limited. The service will, however, be live streamed to screens in St Thomas' Square.

Those unable to attend will also be able to follow the live-streaming of the service on Newport Minster's YouTube channel.

State Funeral

The State Funeral of Her Late Majesty The Queen will take place at Westminster Abbey on Monday 19 September at 11am.

Prior to the State Funeral, The Late Queen will Lie-in-State in Westminster Hall for four days, to allow the public to pay their respects.

Visit the Royal website to read further information on the State Funeral arrangements.

A minute's silence will be held across the country at 8pm on Sunday as a national moment of reflection in memory of Her Late Majesty.

Monday 19 September will be a bank holiday to coincide with the State Funeral. His Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight, Mrs Susie Sheldon, will attend the service.

We are not planning to screen the State Funeral in public spaces on the Island. Please check local venues for local arrangements.

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