A statement from the School following the announcement of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth

Neil Enright, Headmaster of Queen Elizabeth’s School, said today: “I know that the School community, alongside the nation at large, will be greatly saddened and deeply moved at the news of Her Majesty’s passing. We send our heartfelt condolences and loyal wishes to the Royal Family.

“Our School, founded by Queen Elizabeth I, has truly flourished in this second Elizabethan age. The past seven decades have seen momentous changes for the School, and in all our lives, yet through this time, Her Majesty has been a constant. She has been the nation’s strength and stay in difficult times and in good.

“An example of utter dedication, devotion to public service and unwavering commitment to the people of our country and the Commonwealth, she is rightly respected, admired and loved by people across the world. She was someone from whom we could all take inspiration and was in possession of so many of the qualities we value and seek to inculcate in our own Elizabethans.

“Whilst this is a moment of sadness, it is also an opportunity to be grateful for her lifetime of service and dignified leadership; for the impact she had on so many causes and charities; and to recognise how completely she fulfilled the promise she made to her subjects on her twenty-first birthday that ‘my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service’.”