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.
Tributes to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II
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.
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 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.
"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.
Messages of condolence
It is with the deepest sadness that we have learned of the passing of Our Most Gracious Sovereign, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
On behalf of the people of New South Wales, I extend my deepest sympathies to all members of the Royal family, following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who has passed away at the age of 96.