Queen Elizabeth II 1926–2022

By Mark Beard, Headmaster

Even though it was inevitable that something like this would eventually happen, it still has the power to shock when it actually does happen. For many people in the UK, the Queen has been a reassuring symbol of certainty and continuity throughout their lifetime, and part of the fabric of national life for 70 years.

The Queen guided the UK and the monarchy through generations of change, winning respect and admiration around the world for her dedication to duty. Hers was the wisdom born of a lifetime of unwavering commitment, which serves as a reminder that we are all the product of the past as well as citizens of the present and applicants to the future.

A figure of immense global stature, Her Majesty was one of the most instantly recognisable people on the planet, an unfailingly courteous figure who exemplified the dignity, tolerance and civic spirit that are a model to us all.

You may like to know that the Queen visited UCS in 1980, when she re-opened the Great Hall after the great fire of 1978 and planted the lovely oak tree outside what is now the Giles Slaughter Wing. We have pictures of that visit, which we shall exhibit, and former pupils and staff recount fond memories of such a special occasion.

Today, and in the days to come, the country will be remembering a covenant between monarch and people that enshrines something rare and special in national life. We at UCS shall follow and be part of such national days of mourning and remembrance.

Our sincere condolences go to the Royal Family for their very sad loss.

May Her Majesty the Queen rest in well-deserved peace.

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