Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

The Royal Household have announced the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II (Reigned 1952-2022).

The Mayor of Camden has issued the following statement:

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II: (Reigned 1952-2022)

We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning British monarch, who meant so much to so many people in the United Kingdom and right around the world.

Our deepest condolences are with His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and the whole of the Royal Family. We know many residents will be greatly affected by this news and Camden stands with the nation in this period of mourning.

Throughout her reign, Queen Elizabeth II was guided by duty and public service. She acceded the throne as Britain was in the midst of a post-war recovery, before many of us were even born and, in 2022, marked a historic Platinum Jubilee. 

Queen Elizabeth II travelled the length and breadth of the country and across the world on official visits in her role as Head of State and Head of the Commonwealth. This included visits to Camden throughout her reign and the opening of buildings which are now key parts of our community. The Queen attended the openings of Swiss Cottage Library, Euston Station, the Royal Free Hospital and St Pancras International Station, while she also visited Camden’s Parliament Hill and William Ellis Schools in 1979.

In more recent times the Queen visited the British Library for its opening in 1998 and again in November 2011 for the opening of the Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illuminations exhibition. Her final visit to the borough was in December 2018 when she attended the opening of the Ashworth Centre in Lincoln’s Inn.

I myself met Her Majesty in 2003 at King’s Cross station during my first Mayoral year and was honoured to receive the OBE in 2011.

We will be opening several books of condolence at locations across the borough so that residents can pay their respects and leave a personal message. We will publish full details of how you can leave your message of condolence and details of the local reading of the Proclamation on our council website, across our social media channels and through local media as and when we have them.

As we pay our respects during this sad time, civic events and engagements may begin with a period of silence or be cancelled. We will be flying the Union Flag at half-mast from today and throughout the lying-in-state period before the Queen’s funeral.

Councillor Nasim Ali OBE, the Mayor of Camden