After last Thursday’s sad news, I wrote a message of thanks for the life of Queen Elizabeth II in the Book of Condolence in Sheffield Town Hall on behalf of the constituents of Sheffield Central, reflecting my comments after hearing the news.
Yesterday I attended the ceremony for the Proclamation of King Charles III as the new sovereign in front of hundreds of people in Barkers Pool and this morning I’m joining members of both Houses of Parliament in Westminster Hall for the presentation of Addresses to The King who will then be speaking to us before embarking on a tour of the UK.
After this special joint session of the Commons and the Lords, Parliament will be suspended for the rest of the week as part of the period of national mourning during which The Queen will be lying-in-state in Westminster Hall for the public to pay respects until next Monday’s funeral.
Meetings and other political events have been postponed for the week, but I’ll be joining the Service of Commemoration for The Queen at Sheffield Cathedral next Sunday on the eve of her funeral. My office will remain available for constituents throughout this time, except on Monday’s public holiday, and Westminster will return on 21st September.