Published on 15th September 2022

Image of Queen Elizabeth II in black and white

Takes place at 20.00 on Sunday 18 September. Members of the community are welcome to gather in front of the Municipal Offices, Promenade.

Cheltenham residents are being invited to take part in the National Moment of Reflection to mourn the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and reflect on her life and legacy.

Our local Moment of Reflection will be led by the Mayor of Cheltenham and will take place at 8pm on Sunday 18 September in front of the Municipal Offices on the Promenade, marked by a one-minute silence.

Residents may also choose to observe the silence privately at home, with friends and family, out on doorsteps or the street with neighbours, or at other locally arranged community events and vigils.

Cllr Sandra Holliday, Cheltenham’s Mayor, said: “I know that our residents will want to pay their own personal respects at this brief vigil on Sunday 18 September, on the eve of the funeral of her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. 

“During these few moments we will join with people across the United Kingdom in a Moment of Silent Reflection. During the minute we will have an opportunity, in silence, to reflect on the lifetime of service which her late Majesty devoted to the United Kingdom, the Realms and Territories and to the Commonwealth. 

“The Queen was sure in her faith and steadfast in her duty, bringing constancy through 70 years of change. We will remember her late Majesty with affection and gratitude and silently give thanks in our hearts for her unswerving devotion to us and to our country.”

Order of service

At 20.00 Cheltenham town crier, Ken Brightwell will announce the one-minute silence.

Silence will be kept.

At 20.01 the bell marks the end of the silence.

Applause.

The vigil concludes with all present saying:

God Save The King and the singing of the National Anthem. The National Anthem will be led by EveryVoice Choir, set up by the Everyman Theatre.

For further details of local arrangements to mark the death of HM the Queen in Cheltenham, please visit the council’s news page (www.cheltenham.gov.uk/news).


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