National period of mourning

It was with great sadness that Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council learned of the death of Her Majesty The Queen. We offer our most heartfelt condolences to her family.

Her Majesty The Queen

We will remember Her Majesty with great affection for her warmth, her strength, and her tireless devotion to duty.

We know that the borough of Welwyn Hatfield will share our grief. Many will want to pass on their thoughts and best wishes to the Royal Family.

Changes to council services 

Monday 19 September, the date of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's State Funeral, will be a national bank holiday.

There will be some changes to services during this period.

One minute National Moment of Reflection on Sunday 18 September

The public are invited to take part in a minute's silence at 8pm on Sunday to mourn the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and reflect on her life and legacy.

Two-minute silence on Monday 19 September

A two-minute silence will make up part of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's State Funeral proceedings. It will take place at the end of the funeral on Monday 19 September.

Book of Condolence

The Mayor has written to The Queen's Private Secretary to King Charles III on behalf of the borough, and we are placing books of condolence at the following locations.

  • Council main reception, Campus East offices, Welwyn Garden City
  • The downstairs lobby, White Lion House, Hatfield
  • The downstairs lobby, Campus West, Welwyn Garden City

These will be available during our usual opening hours and online books of condolence are available on the Royal Family's website and The Lieutenancy of Hertfordshire website.

Letter to Private Secretary of King Charles III

Flags Flying at Half Mast

The council will fly flags at half-mast for the period of mourning, except for a period from 10am on Saturday 10 September ahead of the proclamation. Keep an eye on our social media channels for further details.

Flags will be raised to full mast at 8am on the day after the funeral.

Flag poles with flags at half-mast and the Mayor holding a wreath.

Her Majesty The Queen's Lying-in-State at the Palace of Westminster

During the Lying-in-State period, Her Majesty The Queen's closed coffin rests inside Westminster Hall in the Palace of Westminster (also known as the Houses of Parliament). Members of the public can attend to pay their respects. It will be open 24 hours a day until it closes at 6.30am on Monday 19 September.

Guidance has been published for those wishing to attend. It is recommended that you plan your journey using the Transport for London journey planner and download the TfL Go app for up-to-date service information.

You can watch the live queue tracker on YouTube for the current location of the queue. 

Floral Tributes

For those who wish to lay flowers, areas have been prepared at the temporary flagpole in Howardsgate, Welwyn Garden City, and by the Pearl statue in White Lion Square, Hatfield. The compost made from the flowers left will be used in the planting of a memorial oak tree. If you wish to leave flowers, we ask you kindly to remove wrappers before doing so.

The Proclamation

The local proclamation of the accession of His Majesty King Charles III to the throne took place on Sunday 11 September at 4pm. You can pick up a copy of the Proclamation order of service from the main council reception at Campus East or read it online

Proclamation of King Charles III

Statement from The Mayor

Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield, Councillor Barbara Fitzsimon, said:

We were profoundly sad to receive news that Her Majesty The Queen passed away peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon.  Our very deepest sympathies go out to her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and the wider family.

I know I speak for the whole borough in saying we will remember Her Majesty with great affection for her warmth, her strength, and her tireless devotion to duty.

I will be writing to Buckingham Palace to express our most sincere condolences on behalf of the borough.  I will also be leaving a floral tribute at the western end of Howardsgate, Welwyn Garden City, where we will have a temporary flag, and in Hatfield at the grass area by the statue of Pearl.

Many of you will want to share your own messages and we have opened books of condolences in Hatfield and Welwyn Garden City.

Guidance for the Period of National Mourning

For further information, visit the Guidance for the Period of National Mourning on the GOV.UK website.