14 SEP 2022
Over the coming days we appreciate that our members may want to pay their respects in person as Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II lies in state in Westminster Hall. We very much wanted to open the London headquarters on Great George Street from Saturday 17th September through to Monday 19th September (day of Her Majesty The Queen’s funeral) for members to use facilities for this purpose but, after receiving advice from the police on the security arrangements for the funeral, we are regrettably unable to do so.
This is due to tightened security measures being employed in the immediate surroundings to Great George Street including Parliament Square and major restrictions on public access due to our proximity to Westminster Abbey. We have also been advised that, on Monday 19th September, the Westminster and St James Park Underground stations will be closed with passengers being directed instead to Victoria Station.
Our London headquarters is open as usual this week during working hours up until 6pm on Friday 16th September for members to use facilities and carry out their business. We would, however, remind members that Westminster and the whole of Central London is expected to be exceptionally busy over the coming days so please bear this in mind when planning your visit.
Finally, as a mark of respect and in recognition of Her Majesty Queen’s Elizabeth’s role as our Institution’s longest serving patron, the organisation will close globally on Monday 19th September to observe this day of remembrance and mourning. Our President Clement Lau is set to attend the funeral service at Westminster Abbey on behalf of RICS.