Essex marks the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Essex marks the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Essex County Council joins the nation in mourning the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, our longest reigning monarch. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s State Funeral was held at 11am on Monday 19 September.

The Essex County Council Proclamation of the Accession of King Charles III was at 1pm on Sunday 11 September. You can view photographs of the Proclamation on our facebook page. Proclamations also took place across the county’s 12 districts.

The Lord Lieutenant of Essex, Mrs Jennifer Tolhurst said: "The death of our beloved Queen is an immense sadness for the country and indeed the world. We will be forever proud of her and the service she gave. We will always remember her dignity, her steadfastness, her strong faith, her sense of humour, and her devotion to our country.

"We send our thoughts and prayers to her family and stand ready to serve King Charles. God save the King."

Chairman of Essex County Council, Councillor Eddie Johnson, said: “We are deeply saddened to hear that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has passed away.

“We would like to pay tribute to Her Majesty’s life-long commitment to public service as the longest-reigning monarch in history. Her loss will be felt throughout the county, the country and the world.

“Flags are being flown at half-mast at County Hall and a letter of condolence will be sent to the Queen’s personal secretary expressing our sympathies.”

Leader of Essex County Council, Cllr Kevin Bentley, said: “Our sincere condolences are with the Royal Family following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

“The Queen has had a tremendous 70-year reign and made an incredible contribution to our great county during her time as Monarch. Whether this be inspiring residents during her visits, helping us to celebrate important milestones or simply shining a spotlight on the unique landmarks and things that Essex is most famous.

“The death of Her Majesty will be felt across the world, but I know I speak on behalf of my cabinet colleagues and members of my group when I say her memory will live on through the lives she has touched and her unwavering dedication to the people of this country.”

The Queen in Essex

The Queen has been a frequent visitor to Essex during her 70-year reign, often joining towns across the county for their anniversary celebrations. Her Majesty visited several well-known landmarks over the years and was able to see first-hand some of the things that Essex is most famous for.

We’ve put together memories of some of her most famous trips to the county below.

October 1957 - Harlow

Queen Elizabeth II smiles as she takes a tour of Harlow New Town with the Duke of Edinburgh. Large crowds gathered to greet Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh.


March 1958 - Harwich and Chelmsford

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh toured through Chelmsford, Witham and Colchester before arriving at Harwich. Below she is pictured inspecting the Royal Naval Guard on the quayside.


At Harwich, Her Majesty boarded the Royal Yacht Britannia for a three-day State visit to The Netherlands.


In Chelmsford, Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh visited the Chelmsford Borough Council offices in Duke Street.


May 1971 – Chelmsford and Maldon

The Queen returned to Essex via train where she was greeted in Chelmsford by the Lord Lieutenant of Essex.


She then made her first trip to Maldon for the 800th anniversary celebrations of the borough charter being granted by Henry II.


June 1978 - Chelmsford

The Queen went back to Chelmsford in 1978 for the Essex County Show in Great Leighs. She spent four hours at the event meeting people and enjoying the entertainment.


May 1981 – South Woodham Ferrers

The Queen visited the newly built town of South Woodham Ferrers in 1981 and met with large crowds of residents and school children who were excited to welcome her.


Her Majesty was handed a model of Prince Charles and Lady Diana in honour of their wedding, from local resident Agnes Stevens May.


May 1985 - Colchester

The Queen spent a day in Colchester in 1985 where she met with crowds and visited the University of Essex, before officially opening Colchester General Hospital.


May 1988 - Chelmsford

The Queen went to Chelmsford to join residents in the borough's centennial celebrations.


She also officially opened the new extension at Essex County Council’s headquarters, County Hall.

March 1991 - Stansted

In 1991, the Queen opened Stansted Airport’s £400m new terminal. This increased passenger numbers from two to eight million.


March 1999 - Basildon

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh headed to Basildon for the first time to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Her Majesty also visited the world’s first glass belltower in St Martin’s Square.


November 2004 – Harwich and Colchester

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh visited Harwich for the second time as part of a Royal tour of Essex. They attended an exhibition marking the 400th anniversary of the granting of the Royal Charter to the town. The Queen also visited the 1912 Centre, where she met the community and voluntary groups who use it.

Later in the afternoon, Her Majesty and His Royal Highness arrived in Colchester to visit the University of Essex, meeting with residents and school children who had turned up to welcome her.


October 2010 – Maldon and Tiptree

The Queen watched the manufacturing of salt crystal on a visit to Maldon Sea Salt and met with crowds during a stroll along Maldon High Street.


Her Majesty also visited the jam maker Wilkin and Sons and spoke with employees during their 125th anniversary celebrations at the Tiptree factory.


May 2014 – Chelmsford and Uttlesford

In 2014, the Queen attended a service given by The Right Reverend Stephen Cottrell at Chelmsford Cathedral to celebrate the Diocese's 100th anniversary.


Later, she attended the 450th anniversary celebrations for Felsted School and met with staff and pupils in fancy dress.


Last updated 12 September 2022