It is with great sadness that we all learnt yesterday 8th of September 2022, of the passing of Her Majesty The Queen, Queen Elizbeth II, who for so long has been a constant, gracious and dedicated presence in our lives, not only within the UK and Commonwealth, but someone who was greatly respected and admired throughout the World.
At FASS, like so many we are deeply saddened and would like to take this moment to give our own words of gratitude for all that Her Majesty has done for the Commonwealth. The Queen’s unwavering dedication to duty, to country, to the people and her family is truly inspirational. Her Majesty’s tireless drive and spirit, right up to her final days is an example to us all of diligence and unwavering devotion to her pledge when at the age of 21 the young Elizabeth said:
I declare before you that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service, and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.
As we now reflect on the life of Queen Elizabeth II, we can truly appreciate the commitment to that pledge and the sincerity in which it was spoken.
Although this is a time of great sorrow, it is not so much the closing of a chapter but perhaps that of a life that will be celebrated, reflected upon and referenced for many years to come. A period in history that was not just lived by Her Majesty, it is an era that is defined by Queen Elizabeth II. A Queen who has shaped and guided our nation and Commonwealth through highs and lows, bitterness and joy, as society changes and fashions come and go, one constant has always been Her Majesty providing a steady and reassuring presence.
Now the Crown and all that it symbolises has passed to The Queen’s eldest son King Charles III, a new era in our monarchy begins, who like so many here at FASS we support and offer our dedication and service to our new King Charles III.
God Save The King