Maidstone, as the County Town of Kent, was the first Borough to make the announcement in the county, with other boroughs and districts in Kent following shortly afterwards. The announcement was delivered by the High Sheriff of Kent, Russell Race, with many dignitaries from across Kent in attendance.
The Mayor of Maidstone, Cllr Derek Mortimer said:
“I am immensely proud that Maidstone should lead the proclamations of our new King Charles III for Kent. This is a historic moment for our County Town.
Following the Proclamation the flag at Maidstone Town Hall has again been set at half-mast as a mark of respect and will remain in this position until the day after the funeral, in mourning for the death of Her Majesty The Queen.
We now continue a period of national mourning which began on 8 September and will continue until the day after the funeral. It makes me reflect on my own thoughts of the Queen, and how we will miss her devotion, loyalty and service to our country and the Commonwealth and as a role model for our whole society. As a young boy scout I remember seeing the Queen’s picture looking out over us and I will always remember this fondly.
Maidstone Borough Council Books of Condolence have been opened at the Town Hall in Jubilee Square and at All Saints Church, Mill Street, Maidstone and Kent County Council have a book available at Sessions House. The books will be available daily 9am to 6pm until the day after the funeral at 5pm for people to sign and send their messages to the Royal family, once complete these will be sent to Buckingham Palace. There is also a book of condolence on the website of The Royal Household: https://www.royal.uk/royal-family
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.