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With deep sorrow the Royal Family have announced the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. We join the Royal Family, the whole of the Commonwealth and the world in mourning her passing.

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Today September 8, 2022, people around the world are mourning the loss of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who died peacefully today at the age of 96 in Balmoral Castle. 

As Queen of the UK and 14 other realms, and head of the 56-nation Commonwealth, Elizabeth II was easily the world’s most recognizable head of state during an extraordinary 70 year reign.  She visited every Commonwealth country bar Cameroon, which joined in 1995, and Rwanda 2009. She visited Canada more than 20 times, Australia 16, New Zealand 10, and Jamaica 6.  She believed the flourishing of the Commonwealth democracies to be among her greatest achievements.

In her 1977 silver jubilee message, she said “When I was 21, I pledged my life to the service of our people and asked for God‘s help to make that vow.   Although that vow was made in my salad days, when I was green in judgment, I do not regret nor retract one word of it.“

At the age of 85, she was still carrying out 325 engagements a year. Long-haul travel was only curtailed when she reached 87.  She died just 2 days after performing her final constitutional duty, appointing a new UK prime minister.

Queen Elizabeth was Patron to more than 500 charities, military associations, professional bodies and public service organizations across the UK and The Commonwealth, including the Royal Commonwealth Society.

 

As many nations today mourn The Queen, one family is mourning a mother of 4, a grandmother of 8, and the great-grandmother of 12.

(The Queen's funeral ceremony will be held on Monday September 19th at 6am EST.)

REFLECTIONS

 

His Highness, King Charles III, renewed the crown's promise of lifelong service.

Memorable speeches from Queen Elizabeth II

The Queen's remarkable life through photos

Reactions from world leaders

The Commonwealth

The Royal Family  ( you can contribute to the Book of Condolences)

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