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The passing of Her Majesty, the Queen

The councillors and officers of the Isle of Wight Council and Ryde Town Council are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Her Majesty, the Queen and extend their heartfelt condolences to members of the Royal Family at this time.

We remember with immense gratitude her lifetime of service to the country and the Commonwealth, and her time spent on the Island.

Flags at County Hall and in Ryde have been set to half-mast where they will remain throughout the national period of mourning.

I personally met the Queen on two occasions in my life. One as a junior manager in 1977 when she opened Heathrow Airport Underground station and then in 1992, in Middlesbrough when I managed a large community enterprise that won national wards. She was charming and made you feel special. In 1992, I was a single parent dad of three and she knew this, the names of my children and asked me how my children were and made me feel special at a time when my personal life was not going well. It meant a great deal. I also met King Charles as the Prince of Wales 8 times and the last time was in 2014 when I was invited to Clarence House. I was worried I was going to miss my train and the last ferry back to Ryde. I told the now King Charles this and he said no problem and arranged that I caught the train in time but still spoke to me for about 10 minutes. The Royal family really do their job well and are caring, kind and interested. Queen Elizabeth will be much missed as she was much loved. King Charles the Third will serve his people well as his Mother has.

Cllr Michael Lilley – Mayor of Ryde

God Save The King.

Ryde Local Arrangements

Locally there will be condolences books at Ryde Library and All Saints Church. Floral tributes to go to All Saints Church who have already made arrangements for them to be displayed. 

On Sunday 11th September 2020 at 930am, there will be a local Ryde service at All Saints Church. I will be attending as Mayor and RTC Councillors, staff, and other members of the community are welcome to attend. 

There will be a local proclamation on behalf of Ryde Town Council by myself as the Mayor of Ryde after the service. 

On Sunday 18th September at 930am at All Saint’s Church, there will be a Ryde Town Council Civic Service. Invites will be sent out next week to everyone. All residents are warmly welcome

On Monday, 19th September 2022, All Saints Church are making arrangements for the State Funeral of Her Majesty the Queen to be shown on a big screen and all are welcomed. 

All RTC and IWC formal meetings are cancelled during this period of mourning. 

Any updates please go onto Ryde Town Council’s website:

Ryde Town Council

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