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The Late Queen Elizabeth II

21 April 1926 - 8 September 2022

Queen Elizabeth II

It is with great sadness that we learnt of the death of Her Majesty The Queen. Beneath is a link to our website, along with a series of further links through which you can find details of the ways in which Chester Cathedral is marking the death of Her Majesty the Queen (these will be added as further details are finalised).

Remembering The Late Queen Elizabeth II

A Prayer for HM Queen Elizabeth II

Father in heaven, we give you thanks for your servant Queen Elizabeth II.
We praise you as we remember her long life and cherish her memory.
We thank you for all she has brought to our Commonwealth and Nation and for all whose lives she has touched. For we have seen in her devoted service reflections of your compassion; in her integrity demonstrations of your goodness; in her faithfulness glimpses of your eternal love.

Give to us grace to follow her good example so that we may come with her to your everlasting kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who died and rose again and opened the gate of glory. To him be praise now and for evermore.

Proclamation of King Charles III

The Proclamation of King Charles III was read by the High Sheriff of Cheshire, Jeannie France-Hayhurst, at Chester Town Hall at 12.30pm on Sunday 11 September 2022. You may view a recording of the Proclamation on our Official YouTube Channel, below.

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Service of Thanksgiving

A Service of Thanksgiving for HM Queen Elizabeth II in the presence of the Lord Lieutenant, the High Sheriff, Lord Mayor of Chester and Mayors in Cheshire took place in the Cathedral at 3pm on Sunday 18 September 2022.  You may view a recording of this service on our Official YouTube Channel here.

A Vigil for HM Queen Elizabeth II

A vigil will be held in the Cathedral at 6pm on Sunday 18 September.  All are welcome to attend.  No ticket is required for this service.

The Funeral of HM Queen Elizabeth II

Chester Cathedral will screen the Funeral of HM Queen Elizabeth II in the nave of the Cathedral live, allowing for peaceful viewing, with the opportunity for prayer and reflection.  We are likely to begin the live-stream shortly before the service begins, to follow the procession.

To monitor anticipated attendance, we are requesting those wishing to join us pre-register by booking a ticket to enter the Cathedral. You may do this by clicking below.
The Cathedral will be open as normal on Monday 19 September from 9.30am – 6pm, though both our Gift Shop and Refectory Café will close for the funeral.
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A Statement from the Dean of Chester

A statement from the Dean of Chester following the death of Her Majesty the Queen.

“Her Majesty the Queen has given outstanding service to our nation, commonwealth and church.  Over seventy years of stability and prosperity have characterised her reign.  Many of us have lived our whole lives in this second Elizabethan period and should never take for granted the security and prosperity it has offered us.  The Queen’s faith, wisdom, political acumen, charitable work and patronage have been an inspiration to many including myself. We celebrate and give thanks for her life praying for her soul and the wellbeing of our nation and Commonwealth as well as her close family in their mourning.”

The Very Revd Dr Tim Stratford, Dean of Chester.

Book of Condolence

Two Books of Condolence are open in the South Transept of the Cathedral.  These are available 9.30am – 5pm Monday to Saturday, and 10am – 5pm Sunday, until 5pm on Tuesday 20 September 2022, when they will close.


Flowers may be laid in the Cathedral gardens – on the War Memorial, or with flowers laid in front of Chester Town Hall.  We kindly ask that you remove any cellophane or packaging before laying your memorial.

Mourning the death of HM Queen Elizabeth II

The Cathedral is open from 9am – 6pm Monday to Saturday and 12 noon – 5pm on Sunday for private prayer and reflection.

Chester Cathedral website

Visit the normal Cathedral website here.

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