Her Majesty The Queen

Her Majesty the Queen

Local tributes to HM Queen Elizabeth II

Public holiday on Monday 19 September

In line with Scottish Government guidance, Monday 19 September is a public holiday for the Queen’s state funeral. The council will therefore be operating emergency only services. All council public buildings will be closed, including schools, early learning centres, libraries, leisure centres and Midlothian Snowsports Centre. However, arranged burials will go ahead on the day and cemeteries will be open as normal.

Local proclamation ceremony

Following the principal Proclamation of The King in London on Saturday, more than 300 local people came to a local ceremony on Sunday 11 September at 2pm outside the Corn Exchange in Dalkeith where Midlothian Provost Debbi McCall formally proclaimed King Charles III as the new sovereign. Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Midlothian, Lieutenant Colonel Richard Callander also attended. 

Books of condolence

Following the announcement of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, books of condolence are open at venues across Midlothian.

The books are available during normal opening hours at the following council buildings:

Books of condolence will also be available at Crichton Collegiate Church and Rosslyn Chapel

Local people can also leave an online message of condolence on the Royal Palace official website.

Union flags

Union flags will be flown in accordance with national protocol at Midlothian House, the Lasswade Centre and Penicuik Town Hall. 


Residents who wish to leave flowers as a mark of respect can do so at: