Mayor Issues Statement Regarding Passing of Queen


For Immediate Release

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Helen Zoellner
Public Relations Manager
441-292-1234 ext.204

City Mayor Issues Statement Regarding Passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Hamilton – September 8th, 2022

Following the tragic passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II earlier today, Mayor of Hamilton Charles Gosling has issued the following statement on behalf of the City:

“Today I was saddened to learn, along with the rest of the world, of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, our beloved Monarch.
Only three months ago, the City celebrated the Queen’s platinum jubilee with a ceremonial tree planting in Queen Elizabeth Park, marking 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom, the Realms and the Commonwealth. On February 6th of this year Queen Elizabeth II became the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, ruling longer than any other Monarch in British history.

Bermuda was Her Majesty’s first stop on her inaugural commonwealth tour in 1953. She subsequently returned to Bermuda five more times – in 1975, 1976, 1983, 1994 and 2009 for Bermuda's 400th anniversary celebrations and spoke fondly of her time here.

Her Majesty’s special connection to Bermuda will remain in our memories, as part of her local legacy to the people of Bermuda.
Queen Elizabeth II transitioned a post-WWII Britain through a period of tremendous change which was done judiciously in her Constitutional role, firstly recognizing the existential changes in the world’s politics post-war, then respecting emerging nations’ self-determination and the rights of their newly independent citizens. I believe that this is why she has been so loved and respected around the world."

The public is reminded that the Official Book of Condolence is available for signing at Government House from 10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m., Monday through Friday, until the day of the funeral. 

It should be noted that no City flags are up at the juncture because of the approaching hurricane, but when it is safe to do so,  all City flags will be flown at half-mast.