Following the sad news and the official announcement by Buckingham Palace on Thursday concerning Her Majesty, The Queen, the council’s flag is being flown at half-mast.
A one-minute memorial silence was held today, at the Civic Centre, at 10am Friday 9 September 2022. The Mayor of Bromley, Councillor Hannah Gray and the Leader of the Council, Councillor Colin Smith were present to represent the council and residents. Residents and staff joined in this memorial silence at the Civic Centre as a mark of sympathy and respect.
The Mayor of Bromley, Councillor Hannah Gray said, “It is with deep sadness that we are gathering following the official announcement. Few of us will know a time in our life when Her Majesty has not been our Sovereign. Many of us will have our own personal memories, including when the Queen visited our borough, which we remember with fondness. It is right to come together as we mourn at this time, with our flag flown at half-mast out of respect.”
The Leader of the Council, Councillor Colin Smith said, “As our Monarch, The Queen has been an amazing role model for us all, dedicating her life to public service and we owe her a debt of humble gratitude. Whilst we mourn for someone who has been ever present in our lives, our thoughts and prayers are naturally with all the members of the Royal Family at this time as they mourn someone who was very dear to them and indeed us all.”
Messages of Condolence can be passed onto members of the Royal family by visiting the Royal website.
Books of Condolence are available at the Civic Centre and at the following library locations during opening hours:
- Civic Centre, Committee Room
- Biggin Hill Memorial Library
- Central Library, Bromley
- Orpington Library
- Beckenham Library
An area for memorial tribute flowers has been created in Queens Gardens in Bromley where flowers can be laid, where the Mayor of Bromley and the Deputy Mayor laid flowers on behalf of the council and residents.
The council will be reflecting on whether any civic meetings need to be rearranged in light of this sad news and any changes or updates will be publicised on the council’s website in due course.
Organisations in Bromley who may be organising commemorative events in the period of mourning are invited to share details with the council by emailing email@example.com with details to assist with co-ordination, with these events able to be shared via the council's website as appropriate.