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It is with sadness for the loss but gratitude for her many years of service that the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn marks the death of Queen Elizabeth II and extends its sincere condolences to the Royal Family as well as to all those across the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth of Nations and beyond who will be in mourning at this time.

Gesta Queen on ChairHer Majesty visited Gray’s Inn in 1956 for an historic performance of Gesta Grayorum and a picture of that visit can be seen above.

A book of condolence has been placed in our Chapel which all Members, Residents and Tenants are invited to leave a message in and another will be made available in Hall (Benchers Entrance) during lunch service. Outside of that time it will be located in Reception and following the state funeral these books will be placed in our Archive.

The Inn will be flying the Union Flag at half-mast today, full mast tomorrow and then half-mast until the state funeral and the Chapel bell will toll for one hour at Noon on Friday 9th September. As always, Chapel is open for use by those of all faiths and none during this time for private prayer and quiet reflection.

On Thursday 15 September, there will be an Evensong in Chapel to give thanks for Her Majesty’s life and work, to pray for the nation and the Royal Family, and to commend the new King and his Queen Consort, both Royal Benchers of the Inn. From 5.30pm the service will be introduced by The Treasurer, followed by music from the Chapel Choir and a homily from the Preacher. Open to all Members. No need to book.

Further as a mark of respect to Her Majesty, and to commemorate Her reign, we will be observing the Bank Holiday on Monday 19 September.


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