Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II passed away yesterday, 8 September aged 96. The royal family confirmed the sad news in a statement: “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”
Survived by her four children, eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, the Queen’s memory will live long in all of us who have grown up with Elizabeth II as our monarch.
King Charles, said in a written statement: “The death of my beloved Mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family.
“We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much-loved Mother.
“I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.
“During this period of mourning and change, my family and I will be comforted and sustained by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which The Queen was so widely held.”
As we noted yesterday, the Queen was no stranger to Harrow having visited numerous occasions including opening Northwick Park Hospital in 1970. Since the sad news yesterday broke yesterday evening, we asked the Harrow Online Group members to share their memories and tributes to the Queen. We have included as many as we can below.
Mary Ann Johnstone said: “My Grandson guarded the Queen at Windsor Castle he presented arms to her she smiled at him and acknowledged him it was such a proud moment for him he said she was so kind to her guards. RIP QUEEN Elizabeth.”
Anita Jay said: “R. I.P Queen Elizabeth you served your country well. You’re with your beloved Philip so rest and smile and shine.”
Khyati Halai said: “Rest in peace Your Majesty! You have served this country, it’s people and this world with grace and compassion. Your reassuring smile, persona and charisma as a head of a country will remain unbeatable. We will miss you forever.”
Jackie Oliver said: “I’m not a royalist but appreciate the service her majesty gave to this country. May she rest in peace with her beloved Philip, together again.”
Clare Alley said: “Heartbroken! She was an incredible Queen and a constant in our lives for the last 70 years. May she rest in peace.”
Talesh Patel said: “R.I.E.P Your Majesty, you done us proud by serving your country with so much Love and your beautiful smile. It’s a very sad day for the UK nation & the world.”
Sue Imrie said: “Thank you for a lifetime of service and commitment to our country. May you rest in peace with your beloved husband.”
Julie Berry said: “Such a sad time for our country to have lost this wonderful, hardworking, caring lady. Back together now with her Philip where she wants to be, may she rest in eternal peace and thank you.”
Lara Stroebel-Harding said: “Thank you for the shining example you were for all. Always a smile no matter what life’s roller coaster threw in your path. MHDSRIP.”