The Haslemere community has come together to mark the death of Queen Elizabeth II and the proclamation of King Charles III.

The mayor of Haslemere Councillor Jacquie Keen read the proclamation of King Charles III at a special ceremony at the town’s memorial green at 4pm on Sunday.

In attendance was the Deputy Lieutenant Robert Douglas, the mayor’s consort, Councillor John Robini, town clerk Lisa O’Sullivan, and Reverends Chris Bessant and Justin Manley-Cooper. Town crier Christian Ashdown was also present at the event. Claire Loosley led the singing of the national anthem.

People wishing to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II following her death can now share their thoughts in a book of condolence at the town hall, which is open to the public from 10am to 3pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Everyone is invited to write in the book. An e-book of condolence can be found online at

Anyone who wishes to leave a floral tribute for the Queen can do so on the High Street memorial green opposite the town hall. In accordance with official protocol, these will be removed the day after the Queen’s funeral.

Cllr Keen will be attending a service of commemoration at 10am on Sunday at St Bartholomew’s Church. All are welcome to attend.

The national two-minute silence will take place at 11.55am on Monday (September 19) as part of the funeral service of Queen Elizabeth II. There will be no gathering on the town’s memorial green.