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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 1926 to 2022

We are deeply saddened by the death of our longest reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II.

Many in Islington will share in this sadness and will want to reflect on her years of public service.

This page provides information on ways you can pay your respects locally and will be updated over the coming days.

A statement from The Mayor of Islington  

The Mayor of Islington, Cllr Marian Spall made a statement, on behalf of the borough of Islington, expressing great sadness at the death of The Queen, and extending condolences to her family, friends and loved ones. Read the Mayor's statement on our news site.

Books of Condolence 

Islington's Books of Condolence have now closed, but you can still sign the National Book of Condolence online, which will be kept by the Royal Household. 

Proclamation of the King  

King Charles III has succeeded to the throne and was proclaimed at the Accession Council at 10am on Saturday, 10 September. A local proclamation event was held on Sunday 11 September outside Islington Town Hall and the public were welcomed to attend.

National Moment of Reflection 

At 8pm on Sunday (18 September), a Moment of Reflection was observed across the UK in memory of The Queen, and was marked by a one-minute silence. There was a short even held outside Islington Town Hall, which was open to all to attend. 

The Queen’s funeral  

Her Majesty the Queen’s state funeral took place at Westminster Abbey on Monday 19 September, which was marked by a bank holiday. For more information please visit GOV.UK

Changes to our services 

Out of respect for Her Majesty The Queen there were some changes to our services on Monday 19 September, the day of her funeral.


The main ICCS office will be closed on Monday 19 September and will re-open as normal on Tuesday 20th September. 

Visiting hours for cemeteries remain unaffected.

Please note that any services booked for 19 September are still proceeding as planned. More information can be found on the ICCS website.

Changes to waste and recycling collections

Changes will be made to waste and recycling collection days over the bank holiday next week. 

All collections will be taking place a day later than normal. If your collection day is usually on a Monday, it will instead be Tuesday, if it is usually Tuesday, it will be Wednesday, and so on. Friday’s collections which will take place on Saturday. 

The normal schedule will resume on Monday 26 September.  

Contacting us

Our contact service centre at 222 Upper Street and our phone lines will be closed on Monday 19 September. In the case of an emergency, call 0207 527 2000 and hold to be connected to our Assisted Technology 24/7 Team.

There are no out of hours telephone services for council tax, parking, housing benefit or refuse and recycling enquiries. 

Normal opening times will resume on Tuesday 20 September from 9am to 5pm.

Covid vaccination sites

Some of our Covid vaccination clinics will be shut over the Bank Holiday period or dates and times have changed from previously advertised.  

To keep up with the latest information, please visit our Covid vaccination sites page.

Libraries and Museums


All Libraries will be closed on Monday 19 September.  

Finsbury Library (EC1V 4NB) and Archway Library (N19 5LP) are open as usual up until Saturday 17 September from 9.30am-5pm. During this time, you are able to pay your respects by signing the Books of Condolence for Her Majesty The Queen. 


Islington Museum and Islington Local History Centre will be closed on Monday 19 September.


Over the bank holiday drivers can park on any single yellow line, resident or permit holder parking bays, or pay by phone bays.

Enforcement action may be taken against any vehicle causing obstruction throughout the borough. Therefore, drivers should not park on any 24 hour restrictions, such as double yellow lines, footway, double parked or disabled bays.

Moving Traffic will be enforced as usual, along with the Sobell Leisure Centre, Sonderberg Car Park and Market Road Tennis Court Car Park.



Our parks will be open as normal.

Registrar services

Funeral services  

If you need a burial certificate for funerals due to take place within 24 hours, there is an on-call service available on Monday 19 September between 9.30am-12.30pm.

To use this out-of-hours service, please call our contact centre on 020 7527 2000 and they will connect you to a registrar. For more information, please visit this page.

Wedding and citizenship ceremonies

Islington Town Hall will remain open on Monday 19 September for wedding and citizenship ceremonies. 

Sport and leisure

All GLL leisure centres, libraries, venues and spas will be closed on Monday 19th September. Normal service will resume on Tuesday 20th September.
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