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200 seats available at Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving for the Queen

Leicester event being held on eve of state funeral

Photographs of the Queen accompany details of commemoration service

On the eve of the state funeral, people of all faiths and none are invited to attend Leicestershire’s Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Two hundred seats have been made available for residents of Leicester and Leicestershire at this special service at St James the Greater Church, Leicester on Sunday 18 September at 5.30pm.

The service has been coordinated by the Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Leicester Cathedral and the Bishop of Leicester, with the city and county councils, as part of a series of events during the period of national mourning.

There will be choral music from members of the various Leicester Cathedral Choirs, readings, and an address by the Bishop, the Rt Revd Martyn Snow.

Books of Condolence will be brought forward during the service representing the heartfelt prayers and messages of people across Leicester and Leicestershire.

This very special service is open to anyone from all of our communities across the city and county regardless of faith or background. We hope people will feel able to come and share a moment of collective reflection as we all prepare for the state funeral the next day.

Finding ways to express our shared grief and sorrow is so important. After all that we have been through with the pandemic, this is a moment for the communities of Leicester and Leicestershire to come together and support one another. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was a great unifier and so we gather to give thanks for her life, and to pray for our new King that he too may provide real leadership in our time of need.

The Bishop of Leicester, the Rt Revd Martyn Snow

Members of the public can attend the service on a first come, first seated basis. The church doors will be open from 4.30pm and everyone must be seated by 5.10pm as there will be processions of civic dignitaries and guests before the service starts. There is limited parking around the church, some off-street parking is available but people are advised to plan ahead.

The service will also be livestreamed on the Leicester Cathedral Youtube channel

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