Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Her Majesty The Queen, Elizabeth II, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of her other realms and territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, passed away on the 8 September 2022.

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Mayor's announcement on the passing of Her Majesty The Queen

Book of Condolence

Church Service for Her Majesty

Funeral Screenings

Flowers

Council Services & Events

Flag Flying Guidance

National Mourning Guidance


Mayor's announcement on the passing of Her Majesty The Queen

The Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council has expressed his deep sorrow and that of the people of the borough, following the announcement today of the passing of Her Majesty The Queen.

Mayor Alderman Noel Williams, said: “On behalf of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council I wish to express my profound sadness on hearing that Her Majesty The Queen has passed away.

“Her Majesty The Queen gave her life to her Royal duties and her unfailing services and dedication to the nation will remain an inspiration to us all.

“I know the Council will join me in paying tribute to Her Majesty, who for almost a century has been part of our lives, inspired the world, aroused its respect and affection, and for whose service and life we give our most profound thanks.

“The Queen’s loss will be mourned in our community, across the nation and around the entire world. 

“I wish to express my sincere condolences to all members of the Royal Family on this incredibly sad day. As a borough our thoughts are with them at this very difficult time.”


Book of Condolence

A Book of Condolence has been opened online and also a hard copy of the Book of Condolence will be available in The Braid - Ballymena, Carrick Civic Centre and Smiley Buildings – Larne.

This will be available during normal business hours.

Please bring your own pen if possible.

There is also an online book of condolence available on The Royal Family website.


Church Service for Her Majesty

Ballymena:

A church service of thanksgiving for the life of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II took place at St Patrick’s Church, Ballymena, on Thursday 15 September from 6pm to 7pm.

Members of the public were welcome to attend Thursday’s service in Ballymena and asked to note that capacity would be limited.

Carrickfergus:

Church services to reflect on and celebrate the life of Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will take place at Holy Trinity Church in Carrickfergus on the evening of Sunday 18 September.

The Carrickfergus service is at 6pm.

Members of the public are welcome to attend but please be advised that capacity at the service is limited.

Larne:

Church services to reflect on and celebrate the life of Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will take place at First Larne Presbyterian Church, on the evening of Sunday 18 September. 

The Larne service is at 7.45pm.

Members of the public are welcome to attend but please be advised that capacity at the service is limited.


Funeral Screenings

Council will be hosting public screenings of the State Funeral of Her Majesty The Queen on Monday.

The funeral service will take place at Westminster Abbey at 11am and will be screened from 9.30am.

Large screens will be erected in the People’s Park, Ballymena, Shaftesbury Park, Carrickfergus and Larne Market Yard.

This will provide an opportunity for residents to come together to reflect and pay tribute to Her Majesty’s life of service.


Flowers

If you would like to lay flowers you can do so at your nearest memorials. See locations across the Borough below:

War Memorials

 

Carrickfergus War Memorial, Marine Gardens, Carrickfergus

Carrickfergus

Whitehead War Memorial, Recreation Grounds, Chester Avenue, Whitehead.

Carrickfergus

Knockagh Monument, Monument Road, Carrickfergus, BT38 8QG.

Carrickfergus

Inver Cenotaph, Inver Road, Larne.

Larne

Ballycarry War Memorial, Bridgend Road, Ballycarry.

Larne

Glynn Memorial, Glynn.

Larne

Memorial Park, Galgorm Road, Ballymena

Ballymena


Council Services & Events

All Council buildings will be closed on Monday. Our leisure centres will also be shut, as will The Gobbins.  Parks and cemeteries and public toilets will be open to the public as normal.

Waste services

  • No waste collections will take place during the State Funeral service.
  • Bins will be collected before and after the service on Monday.
  • Please leave your bin out as normal for collection.
  • Bryson kerbside boxes will not be collected on Monday, but instead will be collected on Saturday 17 September.
  • Household Recycling Centres will be open, but will close during the funeral service.

Flag Flying Guidance

Following the death of Her Majesty The Queen, all official flags, including the Union Flag, should be half-masted from as soon as possible today until 08.00 the day following The Queen’s State Funeral.

Flags may be flown overnight during this period but should remain at half-mast.

Official flags in this instance are defined as national flags of the home nations, Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories, Ensigns and Ships’ colours.

Any non-official flags flying or due to be flown should be taken down and replaced with a Union Flag at half-mast. Other official flags scheduled to be flown can be flown as normal but at half-mast.

Half-mast means the flag is flown a third of the way down the flagpole from the top, with at least the height of the flag between the top of the flag and the top of the flagpole.

On poles that are more than 45° from the vertical, flags cannot be flown at half-mast and should not be flown at all.

The Union Flag must be flown the correct way up - in the half of the flag nearest the flagpole, the wider diagonal white stripe must be above the red diagonal stripe. Please see the College of Arms website.


Remembering Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

A moment of reflection on how our Borough has enjoyed royal visits from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.


This historic footage shows Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and HRH Prince Philip stepping ashore in Carrickfergus harbour in 1961.

It was their first port of call on a trip that took them to Bangor and Belfast. The Royal couple toured the castle and its historic walls.

Video provided courtesy of Northern Ireland Screen’s Digital Film Archive and National Museums NI.