Queen Elizabeth death: Where you can sign a book of condolence across London

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Books of condolence are available in many churches, town halls, and libraries across the country (Adrian Dennis/PA Archive)
Books of condolence are available in many churches, town halls, and libraries across the country (Adrian Dennis/PA Archive)

Books of condolence are being opened across London, and the rest of the Commonwealth, as well as on the royal website.

Queen Elizabeth was the longest-serving British monarch in history, and has died just three months after the national celebrations of her Platinum Jubilee.

Books of condolence will available across town halls, libraries, and other locations throughout the Commonwealth. As a mark of respect, the books are usually kept on a trestle table with a white tablecloth, along with an arrangement of lilies or other white flowers, and a framed photograph of the Queen, with a black ribbon wrapped around the top right-hand corner.

Where you can sign a book of condolence

There will no physical books of condolence at the royal residences, but members of the public can leave their messages online.

Earlier today, the royal family announced: “There will be opportunities to sign books of condolence at various town halls and other locations throughout the UK. Please check with your local authority.”

Local newspapers and websites may also have information on the locations of books of condolence.

Here are a few locations across London that have set up books for residents to sign.

Westminster City Council

64 Victoria St, SW1E 6QP

Kensington Town Hall civic reception

Hornton Street, W8 7NX

North Kensington Library

108 Ladbroke Grove, W11 1PZ

Chelsea Old Town Hall

King’s Road, SW3 5EZ

Southwark Council

160 Tooley Street, SE1

Room G-01 in Lambeth Town Hall

1 Brixton Hill, SW2 1RW

Camden Town Library

218 Eversholt Street, NW1 1BD

Islington Town Hall

Upper Street, N1 2UD

Hendon Town Hall

The Burroughs, NW4 4BG

Embassies across the Commonwealth countries have also opened up books of condolence.

US President Joe Biden, along with first lady Jill Biden, paid a visit to the British Embassy, in Washington, DC, to sign the book.

Australia and Canada have also followed suit and opened condolence books across their nations.

What happens to them

The books of condolence are not expected to be collected until after the Queen’s funeral. Once closed, the books will be given to relatives of the Queen or archived.