WITH London expected to be extremely busy over the weekend of national mourning ahead of the Queen’s funeral on Monday, Somerset residents are being advised of ways they can pay their respects from home.

A National Moment of Reflection is being held at 8pm on Sunday 18 September. Across the UK, people who want to pay their respects to Her Majesty the Queen are being encouraged to mark the occasion in their homes, on their doorsteps and with neighbours in their local communities by observing a one-minute silence.

Buckingham Palace has an official Book of Condolence for people to leave tributes online, alongside local books of condolence. See


for more.

And the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative has announced that, following the death of Her Majesty the Queen, and the wishes of their Patron, His Majesty The King, The initiative will be extended to the end of March 2023 to give people the opportunity to plant trees in memoriam to honour Her Majesty.

As a nationwide initiative created to mark the Platinum Jubilee, The Queen’s Green Canopy was due to conclude in December - the end of the Jubilee year. However, as the official tree planting season in the United Kingdom is from October to March, the initiative will now be extended to include this full tree planting season, beginning in October 2022 and concluding in March 2023.

Alongside the inspiring floral tributes being left outside Royal Palaces, people can also gift a tree in memoriam in honour of Her Majesty, with trees to be planted in schools and deprived urban areas across the UK.

For more information visit www.queensgreencanopy.org. To gift a tree in honour of Her Majesty please visit www.shop.queensgreencanopy.org/.