The people of Maidstone are being encouraged to take part in mourning 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.
The Mayor – Cllr Derek Mortimer said:
A National Moment of Reflection is an opportunity for us all to stop and take a minute to reflect on the incredible life and work of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the impact she had on us all.
I would encourage everyone to stop and take that moment to think about the life and legacy of our Queen this Sunday evening wherever they may be.
Everyone is being asked to observe the one-minute silence which can be marked privately at home, with friends and family, out on doorsteps or the street with neighbours, or at locally arranged community events and vigils.
Community groups, clubs and other organisations across the country are asked to take part and people overseas are also encouraged to observe the National Moment of Reflection at 8pm local time.
People of Maidstone are also being encouraged to come in to the Town Centre to pay their respects to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by signing a Book of Condolence.
Maidstone Borough Council Book of Condolences have been opened at the Town Hall in Jubilee Square, All Saints Church, Mill Street, Maidstone and Kent County Council where there is a book situated at Sessions House. The books will be available daily 9am to 6pm until the day after the funeral (Tuesday 20 September) at 5pm for people to sign and send their messages to the Royal family, once complete these will be sent to Buckingham Palace.
Flowers and tributes to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II are also being welcomed and can be made locally at Jubilee Square in Maidstone town centre.
A church service will be taking place in All Saints Church, Mill Street, Maidstone on Sunday 18 September at 3pm which will be open to anyone who would like to attend.
All MBC Council Committee meetings have been cancelled until after the funeral.