Tributes paid to Her Majesty the Queen

8 September 2022

Tributes have been paid to the most remarkable Queen that our country has ever known, following the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

A number of flags located around Westmorland and Furness will be flown at half-mast until 8am on the day following the State Funeral, except while the proclamation of the new King is made.

Condolence books will also be situated around Cumbria in key community buildings. The list of locations will be available shortly via the Cumbria County Council website

Condolence can also be left online on the Buckingham Palace e-Book, which can be found on the Buckingham Palace website.

The official proclamation will be made at St James's Palace, then at the Royal Exchange in the City of London.

The following day the proclamation will be made in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast before being cascaded to county, city, district and parish level.

In Cumbria, the County proclamation will be held in Carlisle, followed by district proclamations in Barrow, Carlisle, Kendal, Penrith, Whitehaven and Workington.

Councillor Jonathan Brook, Leader of Westmorland and Furness Council, paid tribute, saying: "Westmorland and Furness joins the rest of the country, and the world, in remembering a Queen who has been an inspirational figurehead for so many years. Our sympathy goes out to her family for their personal loss.

"Her Majesty the Queen will always have a very special place in the hearts and minds of the people of this area.

"She was a frequent visitor to Cumbria and it was always our great pleasure to welcome her whenever she came to the county.

"As well as being our longest reigning monarch Queen Elizabeth has always shown great leadership and courage and always displayed a set of values that we could all aspire to.

"She was kind, considerate, caring and constant to her own principles in life. She put our country and the needs of its people above all else.

"We are fortunate that her successor, Prince Charles has long been a supporter of our county and we know our area has a special place in his heart. We hope that as our new Monarch, this special relationship will continue to develop and grow.''