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Her Majesty Elizabeth II

Updated 16:00 09 September 2022

We are deeply saddened at the death of Her Majesty Elizabeth II. Our thoughts are with members of the Royal Family at this time. 

Her Majesty Elizabeth II had numerous links with Durham and visited our University on various occasions, including when our ‘Stockton Campus’ was renamed on its tenth anniversary as ‘Queen’s Campus’ in recognition of Her Majesty’s Golden Jubilee in 2002. 

We share the nation’s gratitude for her service and sense of loss at her death. 

Proclamation of Our New Monarch

Updated 15:20 10 September 2022

Following the sad passing of Her Majesty Elizabeth II, the formal Proclamation of the beginning of our new King’s reign has been made following historic ceremonies in St James’ Park and the Royal Exchange in London.

We offer our warmest wishes to His Majesty King Charles III for a long and successful reign.

In accordance with Royal protocol, the Proclamation of the Accession to the Throne of the new Monarch will be cascaded through all corners of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth.

As our Vice-Chancellor is currently returning from an overseas visit on University business, our Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost, Professor Antony Long, will attend the Proclamation Ceremony in Durham on Sunday, 11 September at 13:00.

In step with our local partners, our flags were raised at 11:00 today, Saturday 10 September and will be lowered at 15:30 tomorrow. 

Paying tribute 

Durham County Council has designated areas for floral tributes, which include Millennium Square in Durham City Centre. We ask that people do not leave flowers on Palace Green. 

In Durham, books of condolence for Her Majesty Elizabeth II are available for people to sign at a number of Durham County Council venues across the county. For details of these, laying of floral tributes and other local remembrance arrangements, see:

A Book of Condolence is also available at Durham Cathedral. Visitors are welcome to visit to pay their respects, leave a comment in the book of condolence, light a candle and say a prayer. There will be a full peal of Cathedral bells ahead of Evensong on Saturday 10 September. 

A national, online Book of Condolence is available until the day after the Her Majesty’s funeral at: