t is with profound sadness that we learnt of the death of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
The Union flag on the roof of Buckingham Palace was lowered to half-mast at 18:30 BST on the 8th of September 2022 to mark the sad news.
Her Late Majesty came to the throne in 1952 and witnessed enormous social change. With her death, her eldest son Charles, the former Prince of Wales and now King Charles III, will lead the country in mourning.
Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s tenure as head of state spanned post-war austerity, the transition from empire to Commonwealth, the end of the Cold War and the UK’s entry into – and withdrawal from – the European Union.
Her reign spanned 15 prime ministers starting with Winston Churchill, born in 1874, and including Liz Truss, born 101 years later in 1975, and appointed by Her Late Majesty on October 6th, just two days before her death. She held weekly audiences with her prime minister throughout her reign.
Through the Second World War war, she exchanged letters with her third cousin, Philip, Prince of Greece, who was serving in the Royal Navy. Their romance blossomed and couple married at Westminster Abbey on 20 November 1947, with the prince taking the title of Duke of Edinburgh.
She would later describe him as “my strength and stay” through 74 years of marriage, before his death in 2021, aged 99.
Queen Elizabeth’s father, His Late Majesty King George VI and her consort, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, were both Freemasons. Her cousin, HRH The Duke of Kent, has been Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of England since 1967. Another of her cousins, HRH Prince Michael of Kent, has been Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of England and Wales since 1982.
King Felipe VI of Spain issued a personal statement to King Charles III.
The Spanish monarch wote
“Deeply saddened by the sorrowful news of the passing away of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, your beloved Mother, I would like to offer Your Majesty and the British people, on my behalf and on behalf of the Spanish Government and people, our most heartfelt condolences.Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth has undoubtedly witnessed, written and shaped many of the most relevant chapters in the history of our world during the last seven decades.Her sense of duty, commitment and a whole life devoted to serving the people of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland set an example for all of us and will remain as a solid and valuable legacy for future generations.Queen Letizia and I send Your Majesty and the whole Family our love and prayers. You are all in our hearts and thoughts. We will miss Her dearly. With all my friendship and affection, Felipe”
The Spanish prime minister, Pedro Sanchez, also offered his condolensces to the British monarch on behalf of the people of Spain.
The world mourns as do all Freemason’s who always enjoyed the respect and protection of Her Late Majesty and who offer her their admiration and their appreciation.