Lord Lieutenants will open condolence books and the public can pay floral tributes to Queen Elizabeth II in designated gardens in Moray

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THE Lord-Lieutenants of Moray and Banffshire, Major General Seymour Monro and Andrew Simpson, will open the official books of condolence for Her Majesty The Queen on Friday September 9th at 9am.

The Queen plants a tree at Fochabers in 1961. People can pay floral tributes to Her Majesty in gardens designed at Moray and these will eventually be composted for future tree planting in her memory. Image: The North Scottish Archives

At the same time, Deputy Lord-Lieutenants will open books across Moray.

The official books will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday September 9 and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. thereafter, until the day after Her Majesty’s State Funeral.

The official books will be available for signing at:

  • Elgin: St Giles Church, High Street
  • Buckie: North Church, Place de Cluny
  • Aberlour: Sainte-Marguerite church
  • Lossiemouth: St. Gerardine Upper Church
  • Keith: St Rufus’ Church, Church Road
  • Forres: Church of St. Lawrence. high street

There is also an online condolence e-book open to the public on the Buckingham Palace website at www.royal.uk.

Floral tributes can also be left in Moray and people are asked to do so only in designated gardens.

These are:

  • Elgin: St Giles Church, High Street
  • Buckie: War memorial, Place de Cluny
  • Forres: St. Lawrence Church, Main Street
  • Keith: St Rufus’ Church, Church Road
  • Lossiemouth: St Gerardine Upper Church
  • Aberlour: Garden of the war memorial next to the parish church of Aberlour

Floral tributes will be put away to keep them respectful throughout the period of national mourning and this may result in the removal of tributes if necessary.

All floral tributes will be collected and composted to be used as fertilizer for a possible future tree planting memorial to Her Majesty.

Any tributes left outside official sites will not be recycled or cared for, so people are asked to avoid leaving anything other than flowers.

All wrappings and wrappings from floral tributes must be removed before being placed in designated areas to ensure the tributes can be recycled. Additional bins will be placed on site to facilitate this.

Any cards left with floral tributes will be sent to Buckingham Palace in due course.

Queuing to sign books and drop off flowers may be necessary during busy times. A limited number of parking spaces are available, including for people with reduced mobility, at certain sites.

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