Following the death of Her Majesty on 8 September, the following measures will apply:
1. There will be a period of Masonic mourning coinciding with the period of national mourning, and black ties will be worn at all Craft and Royal Arch meetings held during that period. No black rosettes will be worn.
2. There will be no suspension of Masonic meetings during the period.
3. The summons for the first meeting of each Lodge or Chapter sent out from today should be printed in black. At the meeting, immediately after the opening (and the reading of any necessary dispensation), a short period of silence should be observed .
4. The first toast at dinner is now The King and the Craft.
Great Architect of the Universe, we give thanks now for the long and fruitful life of our late Sovereign Lady Queen Elizabeth: for her steadfast faith, for her dedication to duty and for her humble service to this Nation and to all the Nations of the Commonwealth. Having passed from her weighty labours in his world, may she rest in peace and glory in Your heavenly habitations.
Most high God, giver of all comfort, we pray also for those who mourn, asking You to deal graciously with them: we remember especially the members of the Royal Family, that casting all their care on You, they may know the consolation of Your love.
Bring us, O good God, at our last awakening into the house and gate of heaven, to enter into that gate and dwell in that house, where there shall be no darkness nor dazzling, but one equal light; no noise nor silence, but one equal music; no fears nor hopes, but one equal possession; no ends nor beginnings, but one equal eternity; in the habitations of Thy glory and dominion, world without end. So mote it be.