South Lakeland proclamation and condolence book arrangements

Last Updated: 9 September 2022

Further details have been confirmed around arrangements in South Lakeland following the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

A number of flags located around South Lakeland will be flown at half-mast until 8am on the day following the State Funeral, except while the proclamation of the new King is made (* see flag flying protocol details below).

The official proclamation will be made at St James’s Palace tomorrow (Saturday), then at the Royal Exchange in the City of London.

On Sunday the proclamation will be made in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast before being cascaded to county, city, district and parish level.

The county proclamation will take place in Carlisle. This will be followed by district proclamations in Barrow, Carlisle, Kendal, Penrith, Whitehaven and Workington.

The South Lakeland proclamation will take place at 12.30pm on Sunday, 11 September 2022, outside Kendal Town Hall.

Books of Condolence have been opened at locations around South Lakeland. They will remain open until the day after the state funeral.

You are welcome to visit any of these locations in South Lakeland to leave your condolences:

  • Kendal Library, Stricklandgate, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 4PY
  • Ulverston Coronation Hall, County Road, Ulverston LA12 7LZ
  • Kirkby Lonsdale Village Institute (Lunesdale Hall), Kirkby Lonsdale, Carnforth LA6 2BG
  • Windermere Library, Windermere LA23 2AJ

Condolence books are also situated around Cumbria in key community buildings. The full list of locations is available via the Cumbria County Council website.

Condolences can also be left online on the Buckingham Palace e-Book, which can be found on the Buckingham Palace website.

The laying of flowers in South Lakeland is suggested to take place at the following locations:

  • Queens Park in Windermere
  • Ford Park and Lightburn Park in Ulverston
  • Rothay Park in Ambleside
  • The Glebe in Bowness
  • Kendal Parish Church – on grass to the right of path from Kirkland

It is preferred that no cellophane wrappers be left with the flowers, if possible.


Flag protocol

Day of Death – Flags are to be lowered to half-mast immediately.

Official Proclamation Day (Saturday) - The day when the new Sovereign is proclaimed in London. Flags will start the day by flying half-mast until 1100hrs when they will be flown at full mast to coincide with the reading of the Principal Proclamation.

County/District Proclamation Day (Sunday) – Flags will remain at full mast while the proclamations are read in Belfast, Edinburgh and Cardiff, followed by the reading of the County and District proclamations.

Day following the State Funeral - Flags will remain at half-mast until 8am.


The flags are lowered as a mark of respect to the passing of HM The Queen. This shows a period of national mourning and sadness.  The flags will be raised for two days while the Proclamations take place. Raising the flags marks a 'celebration' of the incoming sovereign. However, once the proclamations are complete the flags are returned to half-mast. Again this is to signify that the country is still in a period of official mourning. This remains until the day after the state funeral, when flags will be flown at full mast again from 8am.