We are deeply saddened by the death of Her Majesty the Queen on the 8th of September 2022. We have lost a Grandmother, a Mother, and a Monarch, grief that spans the nation.
Queen Elizabeth dedicated her life to serving this country, devoting 70 years to her rule, and becoming the country’s longest-serving monarch. The nation saw her Platinum Jubilee taking place in June this year, the only monarch in history to celebrate a 70-year reign. Taking to the throne at age 25, following the death of her father King George VI in 1952, marking the beginning of a ‘New Elizabethan Age’. Her reign was not free from turbulence and weathered many storms, such as the fire at Windsor Castle in 1992 and the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1997. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s reign saw remarkable change throughout her realms and the world.
‘Queen Elizabeth II was the rock on which modern Britain was built.
Our country has grown and flourished under her reign.
Britain is the great country it is today because of her.
She was the very spirit of Great Britain – and that sprit will endure’
- Liv Truss
Adorned for her dedication to the nation and her sense of humour. The Queen participated in a James Bond sketch in the London 2012 Olympics. Most recently, we saw the Queen take part in a sketch with Paddington Bear for her Platinum Jubilee, which saw the Queen carrying marmalade sandwiches in her handbag. The Queen, beloved for her solid and steadfast loyalty in her role as sovereign, but also, because there seemed a warmth to her that radiated outwards. She loved her corgis and took a keen interest in horses. The nation watched her marriage with Prince Philip last 73 years until his death in April 2021. We have tuned into her on Christmas Day to hear her address the nation with her annual speech, an integral part of Christmas. We found comfort in her national broadcast following the announcement of the first Covid-19 lockdown, the message of ‘we’ll meet again’.
‘Her dedication and devotion as sovereign never wavered,
through times of change and progress, through times of joy and celebration, and through times of sadness and loss’
- King Charles III
We are grateful for her unwavering dedication to our country. She has visited over 100 countries, seen 15 Prime Ministers, and touched the lives of millions throughout her reign. The loss for many will feel like a losing the anchor that held down this island. She inspired generations and lead the country with love, strength, and grace. Rest in peace Ma’am, and God Save the King.
‘So much will be said in the days ahead about the meaning of her historic reign.
I, however, have lost a grandmother. And while I will grieve her loss, I also feel incredibly grateful. I have had the benefits of The Queen’s wisdom and reassurance into my fifth decade’
- Prince William