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Death of HM The Queen

8 September 2022

Press Release

Statement issued by Governor Nigel Phillips

Today, Thursday 08 September 2022, at 18:30 GMT, Buckingham Palace announced that Her Majesty The Queen had died peacefully at Balmoral.

In response to the announcement, Governor Nigel Phillips issued the following personal statement:

“On behalf of the communities of St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, we would like to express our profound sorrow at the news of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

As proud members of the British family, and with a long tradition of loyalty, we feel a strong connection to The Queen. Her loss will be keenly felt throughout our communities.

The community of St Helena recalls with fondness The Queen’s visit here as a young Princess, alongside her father King George VI.

The Queen’s leadership, especially during times of adversity, was unparalleled and an inspiration to us all. Her tireless work for Her people will never be forgotten.

We send our deepest condolences to His Majesty The King and the Royal Family.

The territory will now enter a period of national mourning until 08:00 on the day after The Queen’s funeral.

God save The King.”

Further information about how The Queen’s death, and His Majesty the King’s coronation, will be marked in Ascension will be made available shortly.