Queen Elizabeth II

21 April 1926 - 8 September 2022

Upon the passing of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, we pay tribute to her contribution to New South Wales. 

Recent official portrait of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II

In memoriam

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II passed away on 8 September 2022 at the age of 96.

The NSW Government, on behalf of the people of NSW, has respectfully offered its sympathies to the Royal Family at this time.

Her Late Majesty played a vital role in the shaping of NSW and will be forever linked to our State and to our Nation.

The young Princess Elizabeth became Queen of England at the age of 25 after the death of her adored father, King George VI, in 1952. Her Coronation took place in Westminster Abbey on 2 June 1953. 

Her official title was Her Majesty Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen of Australia and Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II went on to become the longest-reigning British monarch, Australian sovereign and leader of the Commonwealth of Nations, which she navigated for more than seven decades with dignity, courage and commitment.

Her Late Majesty visited Australia on 16 occasions: 1954, 1963, 1970, 1973, 1974, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1986, 1988, 1992, 2000, 2002, 2006 and 2011. Of those visits, 12 included NSW.

Her Late Majesty will forever be connected to pivotal moments in our State history. She officially opened the Parliament of New South Wales in 1954, Sydney Opera House in 1973, Parramatta Stadium in 1986, and Darling Harbour in 1988.

More information about Her Late Majesty can be found on the Royal Family website.

UK State Funeral

The official public announcement of the death of The Sovereign was made from the Press Office, Buckingham Palace through the United Kingdom (UK) Press Association, on the monarchy website, and by posting notices on the railings of Buckingham Palace and at the place of death.

The State Funeral for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was held at London’s Westminster Abbey at 11:00BST (8pm AEST) on Monday, 19 September.

The Crown immediately passed to His Majesty King Charles III. Information about the accession process is available on the Royal Family website.

Visits to NSW

"I am proud indeed to be at the head of a nation that has achieved so much."

Queen Elizabeth II disembarking the SS Gothic in Sydney, 1954.

A captivating first visit - 1954

In 1954, The Queen was the first reigning monarch to visit Australia. During her tour it is estimated that 70% of the population attended official royal tour events.


The Queen In Australia (1954)

The Queen attends a Surf Carnival at Bondi Beach in 1954 (National Film and Sound Archive). 


Returning to a nation in full flight - 1963

Making quite a mark on Australia after her 1954 visit, Her Majesty returned in 1963. Covering 15,000 kilometres during her royal tour, she witnessed a country growing at an exponential rate; visiting universities, hydroelectric schemes and growing regional centres.


The Queen Returns (1963)

The Queen returns to a country on the move and creating its own identity (National Film and Sound Archive).

"The Sydney Opera House has captured the imagination of the world."

Queen Elizabeth II opening the Sydney Opera House, 1973

Unveiling an international icon - 1973

The opening of the Sydney Opera House helped to solidify Australia's burgeoning national identity. The Queen officially opened this iconic landmark in 1973, firmly placing Australia on an international cultural stage.


Official Opening of the Sydney Opera House (1973)

The Queen Officially opens the Sydney Opera House in October 1973 (ABC)

"I have watched Australia grow and develop at an extraordinary rate. This country has made dramatic progress economically, in social, scientific and industrial endeavours and, above all, in self-confidence."

Queen Elizabeth II, visiting Australia in 2011.

An ongoing relationship

The Queen continued to visit Australia and contribute to the life and culture of NSW throughout the rest of her life. As the longest reigning Monarch in British history, the Queen's enduring relationship with NSW has demonstrated her commitment to her role and community service.

Governor Beazley's statement

Vale Queen Elizabeth II

Read Governor Beazley's statement regarding Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Premier Perrottet's statement

Vale Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Read Premier Perrottet's statement regarding the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Tributes in NSW

The NSW Government and the people of NSW paid tribute to commemorate the life and service of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Proclamation Ceremony

After the Governor-General of Australia proclaimed the new Sovereign, a NSW Proclamation Ceremony took place at NSW Parliament House, Macquarie Street Sydney.

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