Books of condolence have been opened in Wolverhampton to enable people to pay their respects to Her Majesty The Queen, who sadly passed away yesterday afternoon. There are four books of condolence, available at:
· The Civic Centre, St Peters Square, Wolverhampton WV1 1SH, open Monday to Thursday 8.30am-5pm and Friday from 8.30am-4.30pm (please arrive at least 15 minutes before closing time).
· WV Active Bilston-Bert Williams, Nettlefolds Way, Bilston WV14 0EF, open Monday to Friday 6.30am-9.30pm, and Saturday and Sunday 8am-6pm.
· Tettenhall Library, Upper Street, Tettenhall WV6 8QF, open Monday from 10am-7pm, Wednesday and Thursday from 10am-5pm and Friday and Saturday from 10am-4pm.
· Wednesfield Library, Well Lane, WV11 1XT, open Monday from noon-7pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10am-5pm, Friday from 10am-1pm and Saturday from 10am-2pm.
A national book of condolence is available at: www.royal.uk/. Meanwhile, floral tributes can be left at the Cenotaph in St Peter's Square in Wolverhampton city centre. The books of condolence opened this morning, with the Mayor of Wolverhampton Councillor Sandra Samuels OBE, Leader of the City of Wolverhampton Council Councillor Ian Brookfield, Leader of the Conservative Group Councillor Wendy Thompson and council Chief Executive Tim Johnson among those leaving tributes.
Mayor Councillor Samuels said: "It is with profound sadness that we learned of the death of Her Majesty The Queen yesterday evening and, on behalf of the council and the people of the city of Wolverhampton, we extend our sincere condolences to the Royal Family at this sad time.
"Queen Elizabeth II was the longest-reigning monarch in British history and the world's oldest head of state. Her death will be deeply felt throughout Wolverhampton, the country, the Commonwealth, and by people around the world.
"As we mourn, we have opened books of condolence at locations around the city so that residents can pay tribute to Her Majesty, a monarch without equal who leaves a great legacy after a life of extraordinary dedication and service." On her death, the Queen's eldest son and heir, Charles, the former Prince of Wales, has become King Charles III of the United Kingdom and 14 Commonwealth realms.
1/ Photographs accompany this release. The captions are as follows:
Signing the Book of Condolence at the Civic Centre this morning is Leader of the City of Wolverhampton Council, Councillor Ian Brookfield.
Signing the Book of Condolence at the Civic Centre this morning is Leader of the Conservative Group, Councillor Wendy Thompson.
Signing the Book of Condolence at the Civic Centre this morning is Chief Executive of the City of Wolverhampton Council, Tim Johnson.