Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II


We would like to express our deep sadness following the announcement of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Our thoughts are with the Royal Family at this time.

Portsmouth residents are invited to come together and mark the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with a vigil in Guildhall Square at 1.30pm today, Friday 9 September.

A few words will be said by the Lord Mayor Cllr Hugh Mason and the Leader of Portsmouth City Council Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, before they are joined by the Deputy-Lieutenant, representing the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, in laying floral tributes on the steps of the Guildhall.

Any members of the public wanting to lay flowers can also do so on the Guildhall steps.

Residents can also sign Buckingham Palace’s online book of condolences www.royal.uk/send-message-condolence or anyone without access to the internet can contribute to Portsmouth’s book of condolence.

People should write their message in advance and take it to one of the below locations, during their normal opening hours, where there will be a box to put it in, until Tuesday, 20 September, after which all messages will be compiled into a book of condolences.

Locations to leave messages of condolence:

  • Portsmouth Guildhall (open on Sundays)
  • Southsea Library (open on Sundays)
  • Cosham Library
  • Baffins Library
  • North End Library
  • Paulsgrove Library
  • Fratton Library
  • Beddow Library
  • Somerstown Hub
  • Mountbatten Leisure Centre (open on Sundays)

The photo shows HM Queen Elizabeth II on a visit to Portsmouth in 2009.

Find more information https://www.portsmouth.gov.uk/portsmouth-mourns-hm-queen…/