Residents in Watford will have the opportunity to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II this evening (18 September) at 7pm as part of a multi-faith service, ahead of Monday’s State Funeral.
The service at St Mary’s Church which is open to everyone will celebrate the life of the late monarch, and mark the start of the country’s new era.
A national one-minute silence in honour of the Queen will also be observed at 8pm.
The special service led by Vicar of Watford, Reverend Tony Rindl will be attended by Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor, as well as representatives from the town’s faith and community groups and organisations.
Speaking to Vibe 107.6 FM, Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor, said: “On Sunday [18 September] we’ve got the special service at St Mary’s, which is a service of commemoration and thanksgiving for Queen Elizabeth II.
“It is a good opportunity for us to come together [...] to pray and to give thanks for all that Queen Elizabeth did for the country. [The service] will conclude with a minute’s silence that is happening right across the country.”
The Vicar of St Mary’s Church, Reverend Tony Rindl, added: “The death of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has affected us all.
“The service on Sunday evening, on the eve of the State Funeral, provides an opportunity for the community of Watford, people of all faiths and none, to come together in prayer and reflection in preparation for the important events taking place in Westminster Abbey the following day. Anyone who wishes to attend will be most welcome.”