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Her Majesty The Queen

Somerset West and Taunton Council is deeply saddened by the death of HRH Queen Elizabeth II.

Cllr Hazel Prior-Sankey, Chair of Somerset West and Taunton Council, said : “We pay tribute to Her Majesty The Queen who was loved and respected around the world, and give thanks for her incredible lifetime of service carried out with grace and dignity.

“Our thoughts are with His Majesty The King and the Royal Family at this sad time. On behalf of the residents of Somerset West and Taunton we offer our heartfelt condolences.”

Books of Condolence

Books of Condolence have been opened at our offices in Deane House, Taunton, and West Somerset House, Williton. There are also Books of Condolence at Taunton Minster, County Hall, and in libraries across Somerset.

Buckingham Palace has an official Book of Condolence for people to leave tributes online. You can sign the national E-Book of Condolence on the Royal Website.

Books of condolence are to be closed at 5pm the day after funeral and kept in local archives.

Floral tributes

Floral tributes to HM Queen Elizabeth ll can be laid at Taunton Minster, St Mary Magdalene Church. Please be mindful of the environment and remove wrapping or choose biodegradable items.

Flowers will be respectfully removed from 5pm the day after the funeral on Tuesday 20 September.


The Local Proclamation for Somerset, the official local announcement of Her Majesty’s death and acknowledgement of the commencement of the King’s new reign, took place on Sunday 11 September in Taunton.

The Local Proclamation was read out by the High Sheriff of Somerset, Jennifer Duke, in front of the Market House in Taunton town centre.

You can watch the ceremony below.

National Moment of Reflection

There will be a National Moment of Reflection to mourn the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and reflect on her life and legacy.

The National Moment of Reflection will take place at 8pm on Sunday 18 September, the night before the State Funeral, and be marked by a one-minute silence.

More information can be found on National Moment of Reflection.

Funeral and Bank Holiday

The State Funeral of Her Majesty The Queen will take place at Westminster Abbey on Monday 19 September at 11am.

This day has been declared a Bank Holiday. Schools and colleges will be closed.

You can see the official Government guidance.

The State Funeral and Committal Service for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

The Royal Household has published details of the State Funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II that will take place at Westminster Abbey on Monday 19 September at 11:00am.

A Committal Service at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, will take place later the same day at 4:00pm.

On the morning of the State Funeral, the Lying-in-State will end at 6:30am as the final members of the public are admitted.

At 10:44am the Coffin will be borne in Procession on the State Gun Carriage of the Royal Navy from the Palace of Westminster to Westminster Abbey for the State Funeral.

Almost 200 people who were recognised in The Queen’s Birthday Honours earlier this year will join the congregation, including those who made extraordinary contributions to the response to the COVID-19 outbreak, and have volunteered in their local communities.

Towards the end of the Service, at approximately 11:55am, Last Post will sound followed by Two Minute’s Silence to be observed in the Abbey, and throughout the United Kingdom. The National Anthem will bring the State Funeral Service to a close at approximately 12:00 noon.

The Coffin will be transferred to the State Hearse to travel to Windsor. The Committal Service will begin at 4:00pm. The National Anthem will be sung at the conclusion of the Service. The Queen is to be buried together with The Duke of Edinburgh.

More information see the Royal website.

Council Information

Our offices at Deane House, Taunton, and West Somerset House, Williton, will be closed on Monday 19 September to observe the national bank holiday marking the State Funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Our services can still be accessed online.

We have agreed with our operator, Everyone Active, that our leisure centres, pools and sports facilities will be closed on Monday 19 September.


In line with guidance from the Government, Somerset West and Taunton committee meetings scheduled during the National Mourning period will go ahead. A minutes silence will be held at the start of each Committee meeting as a mark of respect to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

The Licensing Committee scheduled for 6.15pm on Monday, 19 September, the day of the state funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, has been cancelled.

View the Council's meetings calendar.

Waste collections

There will be no waste collection or recycling sites opening on Monday 19 September, the day of Her Majesty The Queen’s funeral.

All collections – of recycling, rubbish or garden waste – will take place a day later than scheduled for the rest of the week, as is usual practice for a Bank Holiday week.

Collections scheduled for Friday 23 September take place on Saturday 24 September.

For more information visit the Somerset Waste Partnership website.

This page will continue to be updated with the latest information.

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