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Remembering Queen Elizabeth II

Details of how you can pay tribute to The late Queen are outlined below. This page will be updated as further information is available.

Cortège through Banchory

It is expected that the cortège will leave Balmoral Castle at 1000hrs on Sunday 11 September and travel along the A93 to Aberdeen, passing through Banchory. The precise time at which the cortège will reach Banchory is unknown due to the expected crowds on the route - however it will be longer than the usual 45 minute journey. There will be a focal point at the Police Office where the Vice Lord-Lieutenant will stationed. The community will undoubtedly wish to show their respects all along the roadside - please be careful and respectful when doing so. Do not throw flowers or other items into the roadway. Do not place flowers at the roadside - there are designated places for tributes, see below. There will be a rolling road closure the length of the A93 to Aberdeen.


Floral tributes can be laid at Bellfield Park (near the entrance from the main car park), and on the area of grass beside the Gordon Highlanders War Memorial to the west of the Town Hall.

Visiting Balmoral Castle

Park and Ride facilities are operating from Ballater and Braemar for those wishing to leave floral tributes and pay their respects to Her Majesty The Queen at Balmoral Castle gates. Further details can be found here.

Book of Condolence

A book of condolence has been opened online at A selection of messages will be passed onto members of the Royal Family, and may be held in the Royal Archives for posterity.

Service of Reflection

There will be a service of reflection on Friday 16th September 11am-1pm at the Royal British Legion. The event is open to all, not just legion members and will be led by a number of local ministers. It is a free event, but the legion request that you register your intent to attend for catering purposes through this link.

Letter of condolence

Banchory Community Council has sent a letter of condolence to The King on behalf of the local community.


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