Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II

Buckingham Palace has announced the death of Queen Elizabeth II – Announcement of the death of The Queen | The Royal Family

Expressions of sympathy and appreciation have been shared around the globe, including our local civic leaders.

Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral

Due to the Public Bank Holiday on Monday 19 September, declared for Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral, leisure centres within the district will be closed. Rother District Council offices will also be closed so staff can pay their respects to Her Majesty.

Waste collections will continue as normal on Monday 19th September.

Rother District Council will be marking the two minute silence at 11.55am on Monday, 19 September by the letting off of maroons from the front car park of the Town Hall, Bexhill-on-Sea.

Please note this will not be a public event and there will be no civic dignitaries present.

Books of condolence

A book of condolence has been opened at Bexhill Town Hall during normal opening hours, for people to leave a comment.

A designated area has been set up in the grounds of the Town Hall for people who wish to leave floral tributes. This is the grassed area to the right of the Town Hall car park.

Books of condolence are also available at Rye Town Hall and The Almonry in Battle.

For specific information on books of condolences and the laying of flowers in your area please check with your local Town/Parish Council.

If you wish to, you can also sign the Buckingham Palace online book of condolence


A historic moment as the new monarch, King Charles III, is proclaimed in Bexhill yesterday (11 September) by the Chair of Rother District Council, Cllr Kathy Harmer, along with Deputy Lieutenant Derek Stevens and Chief Executive Malcolm Johnston.

The proclamation can be viewed in full on our Proclamation page.

The tradition of the proclamation dates back many centuries to before modern communications when the local announcement was often the first time people learned of the accession of a new monarch.


The flag at Bexhill Town Hall was lowered to half-mast on 8 September 2022.

Published: 8th September 2022

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