New King Proclaimed at Wandsworth Town Hall

Borough pays tribute to Queen with remembrance service and books of condolence

The Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Wandsworth
The Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Wandsworth

A new King was formally proclaimed on the steps of Wandsworth Town Hall this Sunday as the Borough marked the passing of the throne of one Monarch to another.

Members of the public attended the local Proclamation of King Charles III at a short formal ceremony at 2.30pm.

The proclamation announcing the new king to the people of Wandsworth was made by the Mayor of Wandsworth Cllr Jeremy Ambache. Also attending were Colleen Harris, the representative Deputy Lieutenant for Wandsworth, Deputy Mayor of Wandsworth Cllr Sarmila Varatharaj, Leader of Wandsworth Council Cllr Simon Hogg, Leader of the Opposition Cllr Will Sweet and Deputy Chief Executive of Wandsworth Council Brian Reilly.

The Mayor thanked local people for attending the historic occasion before reading the Proclamation which was followed by the crowd shouting God Save the King.

Books of condolence remain open at Wandsworth Town Hall in both the Marble Hall and customer centre and in all 11 of the borough’s libraries. These are the libraries at Balham, Putney, Tooting, Battersea, Southfields, Earlsfield, Northcote, Roehampton, Battersea Park, York Gardens and Wandsworth Town.

For people who cannot attend in person, messages of condolence can also be submitted online to the Buckingham Palace book of condolence.

Alternatively, people can send in their own handwritten messages of condolence to the town hall and these will be incorporated into the borough’s books of condolence.

A civic service of remembrance was held at St Mary Magdalen Church in Trinity Road, Tooting, on Wednesday evening at 6.30pm. Tributes to Her Majesty were led by the Mayor of Wandsworth along with other local dignitaries and faith leaders.

The proclamation is made on the Town Hall steps
The proclamation is made on the Town Hall steps

Floral tributes may be laid in the front garden of Wandsworth Town Hall and in Battersea Park in an area located between the Russell Page Garden and the park’s fountains. Members of the public are being asked to please remove any cellophane or other wrapping before laying their flowers.

Fleur Anderson MP for Putney said, “Rest in peace your Majesty. Our Queen served our country and all the nations of the Commonwealth with love and dedication. This is a deeply sad period of both mourning and gratitude.

“The Queen brought our nation together, celebrated with us, grieved with us, thanked unsung community heroes, led and shared her faith with the world. She gave us continuity and stability. Throughout her 70 years of service, the Queen set a shining example of selfless duty, integrity and respect for others.

“I join with everyone in Putney in sharing my deepest respects and thanks. My thoughts and prayers are with the Royal Family.”

The Mayor has written to Buckingham Palace saying, “I know that our sadness is shared by the people of Wandsworth. Her Majesty made many visits to the borough and was regarded with great affection and respect by its residents.

“Queen Elizabeth II ruled longer than any other monarch in British history and has been a rock of stability and continuity through a period of great change. She worked tirelessly on behalf of Britain and the Commonwealth and devoted her life to their service. She was a source of pride and inspiration to us all.”

The Queen's coffin is taken off the plane at RAF Northolt
The Queen's coffin is taken off the plane at RAF Northolt

The leader of Wandsworth Council Cllr Simon Hogg said, “On behalf of all the elected members and staff at Wandsworth Council I would like to express deep sadness on the death of Her Majesty, who lived a life of exemplary public service.”

And the leader of the opposition Cllr Will Sweet added: “The nation is mourning the loss of an inspirational monarch who served this country and indeed the Commonwealth with grace, dignity and wisdom for seven decades. As well as Queen, she was a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother so my most sincere condolences go out to members of the Royal Family at this difficult time.”

As a mark of respect, council events have been cancelled until further notice.

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September 14, 2022