Announcement of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II


The Parish Council would like to express its great sadness at the passing of our late Sovereign, Queen Elizabeth the Second.  We are sure that the people of Pitstone will remember with affection and gratitude the lifetime of service given by our longest reigning Monarch. 

A local Book of Condolence will be available for you to record your thoughts and memories and to take a moment for quiet reflection. The book will be available at Pitstone Pavilion at set times each day, commencing with 1-3pm, Friday 9 September 2022, and includes daytime, evening and weekend availability so that as many local residents as possible have an opportunity to record their memories and condolence. The Book of Condolence will be closed on the day following the funeral. The Pavilion is fully accessible for the disabled and has ample parking.

The Book will form a local record of the sentiments expressed by local residents on the death of Her Majesty. It will form part of the Authority’s archive, and be held at the County Record Office, so that future generations are able to easily gain access to them and find out the way in which this sad occasion was marked in the area.

Opening times for Book of Condolence:

  • 1-3pm Friday 9 September 2022
  • 10-12 noon Saturday 10 September 2022
  • 10-12 noon Sunday 11 September 2022
  • 10-12 noon and 6.30-8.30pm Monday 12 September 2022
  • 6.30-8.30pm Tuesday 13 September 2022 by appointment, please call 07712836871
  • 10-12 noon Wednesday 14 September 2022
  • 6.30-8.30pm Thursday 15 September 2022by appointment, please call 07712836871
  • 3-5pm Friday 16 September 2022
  • 10-12 noon Saturday 17 September 2022
  • Sunday 18 September 2022 – available by appointment, please call 07887 390083
  • Monday 19 September 2022 10am onwards the Book of Condolence will be available throughout the free live cinematic screening of the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Pitstone Memorial Hall.
  • 12noon to 1.30pm Tuesday 20 September.

You are welcome to bring floral or other tributes during the above opening times to lay at the base of the Jubilee tree which is located in the rear of the grounds. Flowers should be unwrapped and removed from any cellophane wrapper where possible. No naked flames or candles should be left. Floral tributes left in other areas of the site, when the venue is not open, will be moved to this location. All flowers and tributes will be removed on the morning after the funeral, the flowers composted and any cards collated to be sent to the archives with the Book of Condolence.

If you cannot attend in person, you may prefer to sign the Buckingham Palace e-Book of Condolence, available at

Ivinghoe have a Book of Condolence available for signature at St Mary’s Church. The church is open 10am to 7pm daily.

The Royal Family suggest that citizens may like to consider making a donation to one of Her Majesty’s many charities and patronages, as a fitting
way of paying tribute to Her extraordinary legacy. Read further information on how you can donate and a list of Her Majesty’s charities and patronages here:

The basis on which our monarchy is built has ensured that through the centuries the Crown has passed in an unbroken line of succession. The proclamation ceremony does not create a new King – it is an announcement of the accession which took place immediately on the death of the reigning monarch.

At 1pm on Sunday 11 September, on the steps of Exhibition Suite, Market Square, Aylesbury HP20 1TX, the High Sheriff, Debbie Brock, will read the Proclamation of our new Sovereign, His Majesty, The King, Charles III. The Lord Lieutenant, The Countess Howe will open the event and invite the High Sheriff to read the Proclamation accession speech. The High Sheriff will briefly give a speech before reading the Proclamation. At the end of the Proclamation, the High Sheriff will call for three cheers for His Majesty the King. Citizens are welcome to attend the reading. Parking on the day is free in all Council-owned car parks. Spectators are asked to approach Market Square on foot. Anyone attending this event may also want to lay flowers or tributes at the temporary memorial next to The Queen Elizabeth II statue in Market Square (next to the steps of Metro Bank). For people who cannot attend the reading, it will be live streamed on Facebook and can be viewed here:

To mark this sad occasion there will be a two-minute silence at the start of the Parish Council meeting scheduled for 29 September 2022. No parish council meetings will take place during the national period of mourning.


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