Queen Elizabeth II 1926 to 2022: Funeral and memories

Books of condolence

Following the announcement of the death of Her Majesty The Queen, an online book of condolence is available on the Buckingham Palace website. Books of condolence are also available during opening hours at County Hall, Dorchester and in all Dorset libraries. The books of condolence closed at 5pm on the 20 September 2022.

Flowers

We invited people to leave flowers at the Memorial Corner in front of County Hall, Dorchester. They will remain in place until 5pm on 20 September 2022.

State Funeral

The State Funeral of Her Majesty The Queen was announced as Monday 19 September which was a bank holiday to enable the nation to commemorate her life.

King Charles III Proclamation ceremony

Watch the Proclamation Ceremony for His Majesty King Charles III, conducted by the High Sheriff of Dorset, Sibyl King in the presence of the Lord-Lieutenant, Angus Campbell. Hosted by Dorset Council at County Hall, Dorchester on Sunday 11 September.

Her Majesty The Queen and Dorset

We were fortunate to have Her Majesty The Queen visit Dorset on multiple occasions. These photos show the Queen's visits to Weymouth, the first being 1959 joined by a young King Charles to see the recently constructed HMS Eagle.
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Photos from the Dorset History Centre D-HBT/3948

The Queen also visited Weymouth in 2009, prior to the 2012 Olympic Games. During the visit, Her Majesty was joined by Prince Philip as they toured the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy which was the first venue to be completed for the Olympic Games. They also joined crowds of well-wishers on Weymouth Seafront where they met the donkeys, saw Weymouth’s Punch and Judy show and were honoured with a model of Windsor Castle built out of sand.
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