Hitchin reacts to death of Queen Elizabeth: St Mary's Church bells muffled at midday as sign of respect to late monarch

By Layth Yousif

9th Sep 2022 | Local News

St Mary's Church also flew its Union Jack flag at half mast as a sign of respect. CREDIT: Sophie Bichener
St Mary's Church also flew its Union Jack flag at half mast as a sign of respect. CREDIT: Sophie Bichener

St Mary's Church bells will be muffled at midday today (Friday, September 9) as sign of respect to our late monarch.

Queen Elizabeth II died peacefully aged 96 on Thursday afternoon at the Balmoral estate in Scotland, where she had been staying over the summer.

She became, through the course of her long reign, not only the oldest sovereign in the country's history but also its longest serving, serving the country through unstinting loyalty, duty and acclaimed perseverance.

King Charles III, who became the new monarch immediately, is expected to address the nation today.

Hitchin has been paying its respects, while our town's iconic town church has announced that its renowned church bells will be rung 'muffled' at midday today.

St Mary's doors will stay open for extended hours each day for people to come in for reflection and to pay their respects to Her Majesty, while messages of condolence can be left at the church, which will be compiled into a Book of Remembrance. 

The church also flew its Union Jack flag at half mast as a further sign of respect.

The Services on Sunday will include special prayers.

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