Everyone at Malvern Hills is saddened by the news of the death of HM The Queen. Our thoughts are with her family at this time. HM The Queen

Our Chairman Cllr John Michael has made the following statement: 

“We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Her Majesty The Queen. She was a much loved and iconic figure not just throughout the country but across the entire globe.

"Her extraordinary life and reign saw her carry out innumerable engagements – proof of her devotion to a life of service. With links to over 600 charities, military associations, professional bodies and public service organisations, Her Majesty The Queen has left behind an incalculable legacy. On behalf of everyone at Malvern Hills District Council, we send our condolences to The Royal Family at this sad time.”

Books of condolence 

Books of condolence will open on Friday, 9 September for people to pay tribute to HM The Queen.  

They will be available to sign during usual opening hours at the following locations: 

  • Great Malvern Priory, Church St, Malvern WR14 2AY
  • The Pump Rooms, Teme St, Tenbury Wells WR15 8BA
  • The Memorial Hall, 8 Old St, Upton upon Severn, Worcester WR8 0HA
  • St Mary’s Church, Church St, Kempsey, Worcester WR5 3JH

Flowers and donations 

People are encouraged to make a donation to charity in memory of the service The Queen gave to her people rather than lay flowers. Search a list of charities supported by HM The Queen on the Royal Family website. 

Donations to Worcestershire Community Foundation are also encouraged. 

Anybody wanting to lay floral tributes is asked to do so at the following locations: 

  • The Memorial Garden, Civic Gardens (off Teme Street car park, Tenbury).
  • The Bandstand, Priory Park, Priory Road, Great Malvern.
  • The area on the Old Churchyard behind the War Memorial that runs alongside the retaining wall (opposite The Star Inn), High Street junction with Church Street, Upton upon Severn.
  • The grassed area around The War Memorial, St Mary’s Church, Church St, Kempsey, Worcester WR5 3JH.

Please note flowers and other tributes will be removed the day after the State Funeral for HM Queen Elizabeth II. 

Lying-in-state

The Government has published guidance for how the public can attend The Queen’s Lying-in-State(opens in a new window) at Westminster Hall from 5pm on Wednesday 14 September 2022. During the Lying-in-State period, Her Majesty The Queen’s closed coffin will rest on a raised platform, which is called a catafalque, inside Westminster Hall in the Palace of Westminster. Her Majesty The Queen’s Lying-in-State will be open 24 hours a day until it closes at 6.30am on Monday 19 September 2022.

National Moment of Reflection

You are encouraged to join with friends, family and neighbours by standing on your doorstep at 8pm on Sunday, 18 September 2022 to observe a minute's silence in tribute to Her Majesty The Queen on the eve of her funeral.

Tenbury Wells: The Mayor, Cllr Eric Hudson, invites members of the community to attend a short service to respectfully observe a one-minute silence followed by the Proclamation of The King’s Accession on Sunday 18 September at 19:55pm in The Memorial Garden, Civic Garden off Teme Street.

HM The Queen's funeral

The funeral of HM The Queen will take place on Monday, 19 September. The day will be a Bank Holiday.

Malvern's offices will be closed as a mark of respect. Bin collections will take place as normal. This decision has been made after discussions with our collection team and advice from the Government on the need to continue with essential services.

Proclamation of King Charles III

A short ceremony was held at the Council House, Avenue Road in Malvern at 3pm on Sunday, 11 September 2022 to hear the proclamation of the new monarch.