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Queen Elizabeth II (1926-2022)

Queen Elizabeth II died on Thursday 8th September 2022, age 96 years old. She has been the Queen of our country for over 70 years. Her funeral will take place on Monday 19th September when our school and other shops, businesses and workplaces will be closed.

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It was just a few months ago that we remember as a school celebrating her 70th jubilee and we have many happy memories of the ocassion. 

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When someone dies, it can be a sad time and it can be helpful to talk to people around us about how this makes us feel. It is OK to become upset or be unsure about how we are feeling. 

Speak to someone you trust at home or at school if you want to talk about how this news is making you feel.

Queen Elizabeth would want us to remember her in happy times, such as when Paddington Bear came to tea to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee. 

Remembering Queen Elizabeth II

As a mark of respect to Queen Elizabeth, some people are displaying flags or pictures of the Queen on their houses. Some people are writing messages to remember the Queen in special books (called Books of Condolence) which have been placed all over the country, including places in our town such as at St Ives library and at One Leisure. Some people are lying flowers outside special buidings or memorials, particularly at places special to the Queen - such as Buckingham Palace, Balmoral, Windsor and Sandringham. Some people are even choosing to travel to one of these places to pay their respects. Special newspapers and magazines have been written sharing photographs of the life of the Queen. The bells at All Saints Parish Church in St Ives, along with hundreds across the country, rang out in memory of the Queen at noon the day after her death. Special muffles were used to make the bells quieter. There are many different ways people will behave and react to mark the death of Queen Elizabeth II as the country goes through a period of mourning. On the day of her funeral, most shops, businesses and schools will close to give people time to pay their respects to the longest reigning monarch this country has ever seen.  

How our town remembered...

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The prayer room inside St Ives Free Church.

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Shops and businesses across the town prepared to close for the day of the funeral.

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The Town Mayor read the Royal Proclamation of Kings Charles III's ascention to the throne on Sunday 11th September in the centre of town.

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Just inside the Town Hall.

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Many shops and workplaces made special displays  in memory of Queen Elizabeth II.

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The Card Shop on Bridge Street made this display.

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St Ives Library

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Outside the Methodist Church, passers by were invited to tie a ribbon to the railings outside and say a prayer or think of a special thought about the Queen.

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On the day after her death, the bells at All Saints Parish Church, along with bells all over the country were rung at 12noon.  

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Many shops changed their window displays to entirely dedicate them to the Queen.

You can find out more about the life of Queen Elizabeth II in this special news report from Newsround, looking back at her life over the past 96 years, broadcast on Thursday 8th September 2022.

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