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Longest-reigning Monarch Queen Elizabeth II, has died at 96 years old

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After serving for 70 years, Queen Elizabeth II has died peacefully on September 8 in her Scottish estate, Balmoral, where she had been placed under medical supervision after her personal doctors said they were “concerned for her health”.

The Queen as Australia’s head of state has had a great relationship with Australia and its people. Visiting the country 16 times during her reign, she has retained the affection of Australians throughout her years.

Queen Elizabeth has always shown her love for the nation when she made it clear that the nation and its people should decide the future of Monarchy in Australia.

“I have always made it clear that the future of the Monarchy in Australia is an issue for the Australian people and them alone to decide, by democratic and constitutional means. … My family and I would, of course, have retained our deep affection for Australia and Australians everywhere, whatever the outcome.” said Queen Elizabeth II.

Here are a few reactions to the Queen’s passing:

Australian Republic Movement:

The Australian Republic Movement recognises and pays due respect to the significant contribution made by Queen Elizabeth II over more than seven decades as Head of State to Australia and 14 other nations, and expresses its condolences to the Royal Family.

Chair of the Australian Republic Movement Peter FitzSimons AM expressed his sympathies and gratitude on behalf of the Movement.

“We are deeply saddened by the news of Queen Elizabeth’s passing and express deep gratitude and thanks for her service to the Commonwealth.”

“During her reign, Australia has grown into a mature and independent nation. It is unlikely we will ever see a Monarch as respected or admired by the Australian people again” said FitzSimons.

Save the Children UK:

Gwen Hines, Chief Executive of Save the Children UK expressed their deepest condolences to their Patron, HRH The Princess Royal, and the whole Royal Family.

“We are enormously honoured and grateful that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth served as our Patron from 1952 to 2017. During her 65 years as Patron she made an invaluable contribution to building a better world for children. Her passion and dedication will never be forgotten.”

“She inspired thousands of supporters, volunteers and staff, and highlighted the lives and needs of some of the most disadvantaged children.” said Hines.

Catholic Archbishop of Sydney:

Most Rev. Anthony Fisher OP and the Catholic Community expressed their condolences as they mourn the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

“Queen Elizabeth II will be remembered as a model of public service and dedication to duty. Her Majesty’s calmness under pressure, ability to comfort her people and her steadfastness in the face of adversity have been a source of inspiration for our country since her coronation in 1953.”

“In her passing, we remember the Queen as a Christian who loved her Lord, spoke of her faith in her Christmas messages, attended Church, prayed regularly, and treated with great courtesy all those she met.”

“The Queen spoke often of her love for Australia. Her visits were fewer in later years, but the warmth Australians felt for her has endured.”

“I pray God grants eternal rest to his servant and comfort to King Charles III and his family during this time of mourning.” said Reverend Fisher.


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Source information from Australian Geographic and ABC News.

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Menchie Khairuddin is a writer Deputy Content Manager at Akolade and content producer for Third Sector News. She is passionate about social affairs specifically in mixed, multicultural heritage and not-for-profit organisations.


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