The royal family will not open official condolence books at Windsor Castle or Buckingham Palace

Official condolence books for the Queen will not be opened at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle or any other royal property and will only be online, the Royal Family said.

Condolence books for the Queen are being opened in churches, theaters and local authorities across the country.

The Royal Family added their ‘Book of Condolences’ to the official website, allowing people around the world to send messages of support as crowds gather to mourn the late Queen.

Crowds outside Buckingham Palace lay flowers and messages in memory of Elizabeth II in scenes recalling the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1997.

After Diana’s tragic car accident, people took to the streets to sign a book of condolences at Kensington Palace, where thousands of flowers littered the ground.

This time, there will be no physical condolence books at any of the royal residences, but members of the public can leave their messages online.

Crowds outside Buckingham Palace lay flowers and messages in memory of Elizabeth II in scenes recalling the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1997.

Crowds outside Buckingham Palace lay flowers and messages in memory of Elizabeth II in scenes recalling the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1997.

The royal family has said that condolences can be done online, but there will be no official condolence books.

The royal family has said that condolences can be done online, but there will be no official condolence books.

Mountains of flowers left outside Buckingham Palace in memory of Queen Elizabeth II

Mountains of flowers left outside Buckingham Palace in memory of Queen Elizabeth II

Thousands have gathered outside the palace since yesterday to mourn the late monarch.

Thousands have gathered outside the palace since yesterday to mourn the late monarch.

The Royal Family website says: “A selection of messages will be passed on to members of the Royal Family, and may be preserved in the Royal Archives for posterity.”

Neither the royal family nor the government will be able to receive condolence books.

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In their national mourning guide, the royal family said: ‘There will be opportunities to sign condolence books at various town halls and other venues across the UK. Check with your local authority.’

The guide also says that any organization or person can open a book of condolences during the period of national mourning.

The books are usually placed on a trestle table with a white tablecloth, a flower arrangement, usually lilies or other white flowers, and a formal framed photograph of the Queen with a black ribbon wrapped around the top right corner as a mark of respect. .

Local councils across the UK have created books for people to write messages of support, some physically and some online.

Cllr James Jamieson, chairman of the Local Government Association, said in a statement: “Councils have taken pride in serving Her Majesty during her reign and will continue to do so by implementing local arrangements to help the public express their own sympathies.” .

The Duke of Edinburgh and the Queen are seen here looking at the mounds of flowers left outside Buckingham Palace in memory of Princess Diana, on September 5, 1997.

The Duke of Edinburgh and the Queen are seen here looking at the mounds of flowers left outside Buckingham Palace in memory of Princess Diana, on September 5, 1997.

Prince Charles with Prince William and Prince Harry.  They are looking at flowers left for his wife and his mother outside Kensington Palace.  The photo was taken in September 1997.

Prince Charles with Prince William and Prince Harry. They are looking at flowers left for his wife and his mother outside Kensington Palace. The photo was taken in September 1997.

“These arrangements will include the opening of public and virtual condolence books, ensuring that flags are flown at half-staff, and overseeing flower-laying arrangements in public areas.”

Portsmouth City Council, Westminster City Council, Swansea City Council, Derby City Council, Preston City Council, Nottingham City Council, Lancashire County Council and Belfast City Council are among those that have already prepared books. for local residents to sign.

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Elsewhere, the Church of England website has opened a memorial book online and encourages people to light a virtual candle for the Queen.

At Worcester Cathedral, hundreds of visitors had signed condolence books placed in her Lady Chapel alongside a large framed photograph of the Queen.

Local people also placed dozens of floral tributes around the base of a war memorial on the cathedral grounds, including one with a note that read: “Ma’am, you have been a constant in my life, you will be sadly missed.” .

The dean of the cathedral, the Rev Peter Atkinson, said it would remain open every day up to and including the day of the queen’s funeral for people to light a candle, pause, sit, reflect, remember and give thanks. .

He said: ‘This is a place where people from Worcestershire and farther afield have come in times of sorrow and joy for hundreds of years.

“This is the cathedral doing what the cathedral does once again at this significant moment in our national life.”

The Central Council of Church Bell Ringers also encouraged parishes to open condolence books, as it recommended ringing muffled bells for an hour starting at noon on Friday.

Birmingham’s St Philip’s Cathedral, Lincoln Cathedral, Guildford Cathedral and Wakefield Cathedral are among those that host condolence books for visitors to sign.

Theaters across the country are also opening condolence books, as well as dimming their lights, observing a minute of silence and playing the national anthem before performances as a show of their respect.

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