Memorial service for much-loved Duchess Elizabeth

St Michael's Church, Alnwick
St Michael's Church, Alnwick

A memorial service for the late Elizabeth, Duchess of Northumberland, who passed away in September, is being held in Alnwick on Monday.

The ceremony will take place at St Michael’s Church, starting at 2pm.

It will be relayed to the parish hall.

Duchess Elizabeth died peacefully at her home on the Percy family’s Albury Estate in Surrey on Wednesday, September 19, following a walk in the garden.

She was 90 years old.

As a large turnout is expected for next week’s service, actions are being taken to avoid traffic congestion in the town.

Ratten Row will be closed to all non-Estate traffic from 7am to 6pm, and no parking will be permitted.

There will also be a formal parking restriction placed on both The Peth and Bailiffgate from Sunday, at 10pm, to noon on Monday to all, except residents (with permits).

The restriction has been placed by Northumberland County Council.

The memorial service comes on the back of a private family funeral service for Duchess Elizabeth, which was held in October at Albury in Surrey.

Duchess Elizabeth was born in 1922 and was raised in the Scottish Borders.

She was married to Hugh Percy, 10th Duke of Northumberland, who died in 1988.

Since her marriage, she made Alnwick her home and was a popular, much-loved and recognised figure.

Duchess Elizabeth was involved in many local charities and societies and also forged close links with the Navy and Army.

She was enormously proud of her family, her children and her 16 grandchildren.