This Thursday saw the sad passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty represented the very best of Britain, and dedicated her life to serving our country. For 70 years she provided constant, steadfast leadership. In an era of great social and political change, she united us all. This week, we mourn her passing and celebrate her life.
I wanted to update you all on the tributes to Her Majesty that I have made in parliament on behalf Feltham and Heston, and on the events of this coming week.
On Friday, I gave a speech in the tribute in Parliament to Her Majesty, and expressed the deep condolences of many of you in Feltham and Heston. You can watch my tribute here. I also laid flowers at Buckingham Palace on behalf of residents of Feltham and Heston on Friday morning.
On Sunday, I was honoured to attend a beautifully conducted King Charles III Proclamation Ceremony led by Mayor Raghwinder Siddhu of Hounslow, alongside councillors and members of the Hounslow community. This is something that every local council has had to do as part of the ceremony of King Charles III succeeding as Monarch. See more here. I also signed the book of condolences at Hounslow House. These are available in all libraries and other locations across the borough. You can find a list here.
This week in Parliament, I attended King Charles’s address to members of the House of Commons and Lords on Monday. On Wednesday, the King will lead a procession of the Queen’s coffin to Westminster Hall in Parliament, where she will lie in state until Sunday.
As an MP, I will go to pay my respects as Her Majesty lies in state. Should you wish to also pay your respects, members of the public will be able to queue for Westminster Hall from Wednesday evening through to 6.30am on Monday. Find more information on how you can attend here. If you have any queries about this, please do let me know and my team will do their best to get them answered.