On the 8th September 2022 we all received the sad news that Queen Elizabeth II had passed away aged 96. We are all thinking of her family and loved ones at this time.
Elizabeth II was Queen of the United Kingdom for more than 70 years; the longest reign of any British monarch. Her Majesty had become a much loved and respected figure across the globe and was a dedicated Head of the Commonwealth, linking more than two billion people worldwide.
When Her Majesty acceded to the throne aged just 25, her life changed overnight from that of a young naval wife and mother to a busy Head of State. She was to become known for her sense of duty and her devotion to a life of service and was an important figurehead for the UK and the Commonwealth during times of both crisis and celebration.
The Queen was served by 15 UK Prime Ministers during her reign, beginning with Winston Churchill in 1952, as well as many Prime Ministers across her Realms.
As Head of State, she also acted as diplomat and hostess, welcoming more than 110 Presidents and Prime Ministers to the UK on official visits.
Born on 21st April 1926, Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was the elder daughter of Prince Albert, Duke of York, and his wife Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon.
Queen Elizabeth II was aware of the modern role of the monarchy; a beacon of light and strength in difficult times with a natural ability to communicate with us all regardless of age.
Her Majesty always carried herself with grace and won our hearts demonstrating her great sense of humour, seen with James Bond for the 2012 Olympics and more recently sharing tea with Paddington Bear, to name just two.
Forever in our hearts, may you rest in peace.
Queen Elizabeth II, 1926 - 2022