AS MILLIONS tuned in to watch the television broadcast of the Queen’s funeral around the world, residents turned out to pay their respects locally.
Community screenings of the funeral were held at the Vue Cinema in Leamington, the Kenilworth Centre in Abbey End, Kenilworth Sporting Ground in Gypsy Lane and Whitnash Sports and Social Club on Monday (September 19), which was declared a bank holiday.
Workers downed tools, shops shut and businesses closed their offices for the day to say good-bye to the late Queen Elizabeth II who died on September 8.
Residents got together at public gatherings, in each other’s homes or opted to watch the historic event alone or with their families.
The funeral saw British pomp and ceremony at its finest with a public service at Westminster Abbey before a private burial ceremony, off camera, for members of the Royal family at the George VI Memorial Chapel in Windsor.
Remembrance services were also held across the district over the weekend.
Services of commemoration and thanksgiving for the Queen took place on Sunday (September 18) at the Collegiate Church of St Mary’s in Warwick, St Mark’s Church in Leamington and St Nicholas Church in Kenilworth.
While councillors and officers from Warwick District Council (WDC) joined the nation to observe a one minute’s silence at 8pm, the night before the Queen’s funeral as part of a shared national moment of reflection.