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Kirklees Council release local plans to mark the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Following the release of official guidance from Buckingham Palace, in light of the sad news of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, here are details of what will be taking place in Kirklees.

The country is now in a period of mourning until the day following the state funeral. Flags on all four Kirklees town halls – Batley, Cleckheaton, Dewsbury and Huddersfield are being flown at half-mast.

Books of condolence are available in all Kirklees Town Halls for any members of the public who wish to pay their respects. Alternatively, there is an online book.

The Proclamation

In accordance with Palace protocol, the Proclamation is the formal announcement of the new Monarch. It will be made locally by the Mayor of Kirklees, Councillor Masood Ahmed. The Proclamation will take place at Huddersfield Town Hall at 2pm on Sunday 11 September.

The Proclamation is a public event. Members of the public are welcome to attend and are asked to assemble outside Huddersfield Town Hall on Ramsden Street and the surrounding area.

On the day of the Proclamation, there will some disruption and road closures in Huddersfield town centre as official duties are carried out.

The following roads will be closed from 10am to 5pm:

  • High Street with junction of Market Street
  • Albion Street with junction of High Street
  • New Street with Junction of Albert Yard
  • Victoria Lane with Junction of Albert Yard
  • Princess Street with junction of Peel Street

Free town centre parking has been extended to cover the period of the Proclamation.

Civic services

Memorial services will be held in Huddersfield Parish Church and Dewsbury Minster after the Proclamation at 4pm on Sunday 11 September.

There will also be services on the eve of the funeral. More details will be released shortly.


In line with national guidance on the mourning period following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, on a case by case basis council-run events, or events using council premises, that were due to take place this weekend have been cancelled. This includes the Heritage Open Day events. If you are due to attend any other event, please check with the organiser if it is still going ahead.


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