Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 1926 – 2022

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

1926 – 2022

Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council is deeply saddened by the news of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Councillor Chris Smith, Presiding Member of Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council says:

"The Queen was the longest serving monarch and her passing is a huge loss for the nation.

"Her dedication and service to the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth over the last 70 years has been unwavering and her legacy will be remembered for generations.  

"We extend the sympathy of the council and the people of Blaenau Gwent to all members of the Royal family at this most difficult time."

The Council has the following arrangements in place:

- All official Council business, including meetings and events, will be postponed until after the funeral as a mark of respect during this period of mourning.

- Books of Condolence will be available to sign at the General Offices, Ebbw Vale and Anvil Court, Abertillery, today (Friday, 9th September) and then Monday to Friday, between the hours of 9am and 6pm.

If you cannot physically make it to a building you can send us a message to include via post to Democratic Services, General Offices, Steelworks Road, Ebbw Vale, NP23 6DN, or call our Contact Centre on 01495 311556 and ask for Democratic Services who will take a message for you.

You can also sign the official Royal Family Book of Condolence online: https://www.royal.uk/royal-family

- The Council will observe the official national silence as outlined by Buckingham Palace. (More detail to follow).

- Floral tributes can be left at the following locations:

Outside General Offices, Ebbw Vale.

Outside Anvil Court, Abertillery.

By the Cenotaph, Market Hall Square, Brynmawr (outside the railings)

By the Cenotaph, Central Park, Blaina

Bedwellty Park, Tredegar (lawned area beside the circular garden)

Please leave floral tributes only.

- Following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, it is expected that Charles will be officially proclaimed King on Saturday. This will happen at St James's Palace in London, in front of a ceremonial body known as the Accession Council.

A Local Proclamation will be held in Blaenau Gwent outside the General offices in Ebbw Vale at 3.30pm on Sunday, 11th September.

Presiding Member of the Council, Councillor Chris Smith, will read the Proclamation aloud to guests.

Members of the public are welcome to attend.