Flowers and tributes

It is customary for mourners to leave floral tributes. Those wishing to lay flowers in memorial of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II can do so at Lewes House, 32 High Street, Lewes BN7 1YB, on the front terrace. You are respectfully asked not to lay tributes outside of the official floral tribute site. Flowers will be discreetly removed and composted following the Her Majesty’s funeral.

Any form of floral tribute is acceptable. In the interests of sustainability, we ask visitors to only lay organic or compostable material; please remove all plastic and cellophane wrapping on bouquets of flowers. Please do not bring non-floral objects/artefacts such as teddy bears or balloons that are difficult to dispose of organically.

During this time of National Mourning, the government and the Royal Household respectfully request that no official flowers, wreaths, or tributes be sent from organisations to the location of the State Funeral, Royal Residences or government offices.

If you wish to pay tribute to Her Majesty in another way, making a donation to one of Her Majesty’s many charities and patronages may be considered a fitting way of paying tribute to Her extraordinary legacy. Read further information on how you can donate and a list of Her Majesty’s charities and patronages.

The Mayor lays a wreath in remembrance of the Queen at Lewes House

Travelling to pay your respects

  • Sussex Police have published information about travelling to Royal Residences and to London to pay your respects
  • For those wishing to attend the Queen’s Lying-In-State in Westminster between the afternoon of the 14 and the early morning of the 19 September, the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) have published this guidance. It notes that “Large crowds are expected, and there are likely to be delays on public transport and road closures around the area. You should check ahead, plan accordingly and be prepared for a long wait. If you wish to attend the Lying-in-State, please note that there will be a queue, which is expected to be very long. You will need to stand for many hours, possibly overnight, with very little opportunity to sit down as the queue will be continuously moving.”
  • If you wish to pay your respects locally, there will be a National Moment of Reflection at 8pm on Sunday 18 September. In Lewes the Mayor will lead the reflection at St Anne’s Church, Western Road, following the Civil Service of Thanksgiving, but residents are invited to stand at their doorways to mark the occasion, and a template for organising a gathering for a community group, club or other organisation can be found on our website.