Council customs during period of mourning

Published: Fri 16th September, 2022

  • The medallion on the chains of office worn by the Mayor is shrouded with a black cloth as a mark of respect for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
    The medallion on the chains of office worn by the Mayor is shrouded with a black cloth as a mark of respect for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

When we are in a period of national mourning, the Council has a range of customs it introduces, some of which date back many hundreds of years.

For example, Councillors will wear black armbands for some events and meetings that take place.

The medallion on the chains of office worn by the Mayor is shrouded with a black cloth as a mark of respect. We also weave a black ribbon through the chain.

The ceremonial Charnwood Mace is carried in ahead of the Mayor at some meetings and events. The mace bears the Royal coat of arms on one side and those of the borough on the reverse. During a period of national mourning, a black cloth is used to shroud the Royal coat of arms as a mark of respect. However, we have not had to use the mace since the Queen sadly passed, other than for the Proclamation. Protocol dictates that as the Proclamation is about the announcement of a new monarch, the mace is unshrouded, as it was on Sunday. The mace was presented upon the election of the first Alderman in 1888.

As well as these customs, we have also been flying the flags at half-mast, opening books of condolence and the Council will send a letter of condolence to the Royal Family.

We have created a dedicated web page about information and events relating to the death of Queen Elizabeth II. www.charnwood.gov.uk/TheQueen.