How and where to pay tribute to the Queen across Merseyside, including Service of Remembrance details
Councils across the Liverpool City Region have opened books of condolences and a special service will be held at the Cathedral.
The city has entered a formal ten-day period of mourning with flags at council buildings across Merseyside lowered to half-mast in tribute.
Cathedral services in Liverpool
The Merseyside Civic Service of Remembrance for the Queen will take place at Liverpool Cathedral on Sunday, September 18 at 15:00.
Members of the public will be able to attend, with doors opening at 14:00. The service will not be ticketed, but capacity will be limited.
The service – expected to last around an hour - will include contributions from local organisations which had the late Queen’s patronage.
Parking will be limited to Blue Badge holders only and people attending are recommended to park elsewhere.
The cathedral has also opened the Lady Chapel between 8am and 6pm for people who wish to pay their respects and write in the book of condolence.
Bishop Beverley Mason, the Bishop of Warrington is leading the official mourning of the Church of England in the diocese of Liverpool.
She said: “Liverpool mourns with our nation, the death of our Queen. A remarkable woman and human being, who devoted her life to Christian witness, compassion and leadership and of sacrificial service.
“We pray for King Charles III and the whole of the Royal Family as we come together at this time.”
Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral - the largest Catholic cathedral in England - will be holding a Requiem Mass in thanksgiving for the life of the Queen on Tuesday, September 13, at 7pm - no tickets are required.
A book of condolence has also been opened at the cathedral and visitors can access it daily between 7.30am – 6pm.
The public will also be able to pay tribute at Liverpool Town Hall, a building the Queen visited a number of times, most recently in 2016.
A book of condolence will open at the Town Hall from 1-8pm from Friday for people to pay tribute.
Floral tributes can be left behind the Town Hall, but please take off cellophane or plastic as once removed, flowers will be composted.
Books of condolence and floral tributes across Merseyside
Books of condolence will be available at Bootle Town Hall and the Atkinson, Southport for people to sign and remember the Queen, who visited the Sefton borough on numerous occasions.
Sefton Council announced that the books of condolence will be collated and archived.
An online book of remembrance has been made available by Buckingham Palace and will soon be available via the Sefton Council website www.sefton.gov.uk.
For Sefton residents who cannot access the online book of remembrance, printed condolence cards will be available from all Sefton libraries and family wellbeing centres.
These can be filled in by hand and either returned to one of the libraries or family wellbeing centres or can be posted back to either Southport or Bootle Town Halls.
Areas outside Bootle Town Hall and the Princess Diana Memorial Gardens on Lord Street, Southport have been designated as places where residents can leave floral tributes in memory of the Queen.
Both Bootle Town Hall and The Atkinson in Southport will be open from Friday 09:00 and 17:00 for residents and visitors to sign the books of condolence. In the event of large crowds forming, a queuing system will be in place at both buildings.
Floral tributes at both Southport and Bootle will remain in place until after the state funeral.
There is a local book of condolence in Knowsley, which will be available at all Knowsley libraries, as well as at Prescot Registrars.
The public can also sign Knowsley’s online book of condolence.
Anyone wishing to leave a floral tribute, which should not be wrapped in plastic or paper, can do so at any of the following civic venues:
Huyton Municipal Buildings
The Cenotaph at St Nicholas Church Halewood – in the small field opposite
Knowsley Village Memorial Cross
St Mary’s Church Prescot
Smithy Lane Cronton
The Kirkby Centre
St Helens Town Hall reception will have a book of condolence on Friday from 14:00 to 17:00, arrangements are in place for disabled access and an online book will be available in due course.
Wirral Council said Birkenhead and Wallasey Town Halls and the Gardens at Hamilton Square will be illuminated purple each evening during the period of mourning. Books of condolence are now open at the following locations across the borough:
Birkenhead Town Hall (09:00 to 18.00 Mon-Fri)
Eastham Library (09:00 to 18:00 Mon-Sat)
The Floral Pavilion, New Brighton (09:00 to 18.00, Mon-Sun or until close on show nights)
West Kirby Concourse (09:00 to 18.00 Mon-Sat)
Residents wishing to leave a floral tribute are invited to lay them close to the Cenotaph in Hamilton Square, Birkenhead.
At 14:30 on Sunday (11 September), a proclamation to announce the new King will be read from the balcony at Birkenhead Town Hall. Residents have been invited by Wirral Council to view the tradition.
Halton Council has opened books of condolence located at:
Runcorn Shopping City, Runcorn, WA7 2ES, today, 09:00 to 16.30.
Halton Direct Link, 7 Brook Street, Widnes, WA8 6NB, today 09:00 to 16.30.
They will continue to be available during HDL opening hours Monday to Friday 09:00 to 16.30.
On Saturday (10 September), the books will be available at the DCBL Stadium, Widnes and The Brindley, 09:00 to 13:00.
Floral tributes may be laid at the following locations:
Runcorn Town Hall, Heath Road, Runcorn WA7 5TD
Municipal Building, Kingsway, Widnes WA8 7Q
In June 2018 the Queenofficially opened the Mersey Gateway Bridge, accompanied by the Duchess of Sussex –their first engagement together, according to Halton Council.
The Mayor of Halton, Councillor Mark Dennett, said: “We have been very fortunate to have had the honour of hosting a number of memorable visits by Her Majesty to Halton, the last time being the official opening of the Mersey Gateway.
“During this visit, she gave her time generously to speak to those who had worked to deliver the project and was clearly delighted by the entertaining performance given by our young people.”