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Information and arrangements following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

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The State Funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will be preceded by a period of Lying-in-State and further details of these events will be announced by the Royal Household in due course.

A period of National Mourning for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has now started and will continue until the end of the day of the State Funeral.

Below is some important public information relating to travel, book of condolence location, and how to leave floral tributes, in the Avon and Somerset force area. For more information visit your local authority website or social media channels.

Travel information

For those wishing to travel to London for the period of Lying-in-State, public transport in key locations will be very busy and journeys may take longer than usual.

Further information will be announced by network operators, and you should check your journey before you travel to ensure all services are running as expected.

Road closures

There are road closures in central London, in Scotland and throughout the country.

Please do check if you’re travelling in case your journey is disrupted.



If you’re paying your respects please make sure you’re in a safe location.

Lying-in-State information

During the Lying-in-State period, Her Majesty The Queen’s closed coffin rests on a raised platform, known as a catafalque inside Westminster Hall in the Palace of Westminster.

Members of the public attending will file past the catafalque to pay their respects.

Her Majesty The Queen’s Lying-in-State at the Palace of Westminster opens to the public at 5pm on Wednesday 14 September. It will be open 24 hours a day until it closes at 6.30am on Monday 19 September.

If you wish to attend the Lying-in-State, please note there will be a queue, which is expected to be very long. You will need to stand for many hours, possibly overnight, with very little opportunity to sit down as the queue will be continuously moving.

Visitors will go through airport-style security and there are tight restrictions on what you can take in, including only one small bag per person (no larger than 40cm x 30cm x 20cm).

For full information about the Lying-in-State, please visit the government website.

Books of condolence

Residents from across Avon and Somerset will be able to pay tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II through books of condolence.

Bath and North East Somerset

Books of condolence have been opened at Bath Guildhall, Keynsham Community Space and Midsomer Norton Library and Information Service, for anyone who would like to pay their respects.

Books of condolence opening hours are listed below:

Bath Guildhall

  • Monday to Thursday: 9.30am-5pm
  • Friday and Saturday: 9.30am-4.30pm

Keynsham Community Space

  • Monday to Thursday: 9.30am-5pm
  • Friday and Saturday: 9.30am

Midsomer Norton Library and Information Service

  • Monday to Thursday: 9.30am-5pm
  • Friday: 9.30am-4.30pm
  • Saturday: 9.30am-1.30pm

For more information, visit the Bath and North East Somerset Council website.


There are two books of condolence available for the general public to sign. One is located in City Hall and the other in Bristol Cathedral, both off College Green.

Opening times for the City Hall book

  • Friday 9 September, 10am-6pm
  • Saturday 10 September, 9am-6pm
  • Monday 12 to Monday 19 September, 9am-6pm

Refer to Bristol Cathedral’s website for their opening times.

North Somerset

Books of condolence will be open at the Town Hall, in Weston-super-Mare, and Castlewood, in Clevedon, from 9am-6pm , Monday to Friday.

In addition to these, town and parish councils in our area will also be providing their own book of condolence.

Visit the North Somerset Council website for more information and details about individual council arrangements.


Books of condolences have been opened at County Hall and at Deane House, both in Taunton, as well as at West Somerset House in Williton.

For more information, visit the Somerset County Council website.

South Gloucestershire

There will be books of condolence located at the South Gloucestershire Council Badminton Road offices, in Yate, and the civic centre in Kingswood.

They will be open from 9am-5pm each day from Saturday 10 September to Tuesday 20 September.

For more information and for their online book of condolence, visit the South Gloucestershire Council website.

Buckingham Palace online book of condolence

If you are unable to attend any of the above venues, Buckingham Palace has an online book of condolence for people to leave tributes online.

Floral tributes

If you are leaving floral tributes, please remove the cellophane and ribbons or alternatively use environmentally-friendly wrappings. This is in line with The Royal Family’s commitment to the environment.

Bath and North East Somerset

Floral tributes can be left at

  • Parade Gardens in Bath
  • Keynsham Memorial Gardens and the Hollies Garden
  • Midsomer Norton and Haycombe Cemetery


Floral tributes can be laid at the west end of Bristol Cathedral, the side closest to the Central Library.


Floral tributes can be laid at Taunton Minster, St Mary Magdalene Church.

South Gloucestershire

Floral tributes can be laid in Kingswood Park, on the path around the circular flower bed in front of the main gates. There will be signs to indicate where.

Memorials and the State Funeral

A National Moment of Reflection is being held at 8pm on Sunday 18 September.

Across the UK, people who want to pay their respects to Her Majesty the Queen are encouraged to mark the occasion in their homes, on their doorsteps and with neighbours in their local communities by observing a one minute silence.


Bath Abbey will host a Memorial Evensong at 3.30pm on Sunday 18 September.

Bath Abbey will also hold a Commemoration Service at 6.30pm on Sunday.

The Abbey will also be open on Monday 19 September to broadcast the funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II from 11am.



A Moment of Reflection will be held in College Green at 8pm on Sunday 18 September. This is an opportunity for the public to come together to observe the moments’ silence.

Bristol Cathedral will be open on Monday from 10am to live screen the funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Tickets are free, but booking is essential.

To book your place, visit the Bristol Cathedral website