A book of condolence has been opened in York, as the city continues to pay tribute to the Queen.
It is found in the reception of the City of York Council HQ West Offices.
Two books have been placed on a table next to portraits of Her Majesty.
Messages have been written on the opening pages:
“An inspirational leader, whose life was filled with love and humility. God bless the Queen – Cllr Ashley Mason, Sheriff of York and Mrs Danielle Mason.”
“Thank you for your years of incredible service and duty. You were our anchor. I wished I could have met you and I know I would have enjoyed your sense of humour and love of horses. Condolences to King Charles III and the Royal Family. Good Save the King – Alison Hume, Nether Poppleton, York”
It was also announced by the council that the Mansion House will be closed today “as we join with people in mourning her loss”.
And the Union flag is flying at half mast over the home of the Lord Mayor of York.
A royal gun salute will be held in York at 1pm. More on that here.
As we reported yesterday, Castle Howard is closed today as a mark of respect.
The Jorvik Group said its attractions, including the Viking Centre, will stay open today, “but we will reschedule the visits of anyone who wishes to postpone their trip as we enter a period of national mourning”.
At the Bar Convent, they are offering Mass at noon in the chapel for Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family. “All are welcome to join us.”
York Minster held a service of Choral Compline with the Archbishop of York at 8.30pm yesterday (Thursday).
Fairfax House said it “will continue to open until the funeral of Her Majesty the Queen, when we will close the museum as a mark of respect and mourning for the death of Her Majesty the Queen”.
Bettys Café Tea Rooms on St Helen’s Square opened late, at 11am. A notice on the door said: “We wish to let our customers know that our Café Tea Rooms will remain closed until 11am this morning.
“Our thoughts are with the family of Her Majesty the Queen and we join the nation in mourning the passing of our beloved monarch.”
Yorkshire Air Museum is flying its flags at half mast:
And the Battle of Britain Wings Appeal collection in York city centre has been delayed for a week, following the death of the Queen. It will now go ahead on 24 September rather than 17 September.