Queen Elizabeth II
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 1926 – 2022
It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and we extend our sincere and heartfelt condolences to the Royal Family as a school community. On behalf of The Kingston Academy, I would like to pay tribute to her extraordinary dedication and service to the people of the United Kingdom, the Realms and the Commonwealth over the past 70 years.
For a school situated within Kingston, one of only eight Royal Borough’s in the United Kingdom, the loss of our Monarch is especially moving. Many of our pupils, staff and extended families will have their own special memories of her reign and will remember the impact she has made around the world since ascending the throne in 1952. Most recently, many of our pupils and families will have joined together to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee celebrations in the Summer of this year. Queen Elizabeth II was the first British Monarch to reach such an historic milestone and her legacy will no doubt be remembered by our school community for years to come.
This morning in their form groups, pupils were given the opportunity to remember, contemplate and reflect upon the life and reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with a series of slides and reflections. On Monday morning, I will lead our whole school tributes to the Queen in a virtual assembly for the whole school community. Our pupil support team have been ready to support any pupils who may be particularly distressed by this sad news.
As the country now moves into a formal period of mourning, there will no doubt be a number of notices, including plans for the Queen’s funeral, that will be announced. As soon as this information is made available to us, we will be writing to you to let you know if this will result in any changes to our normal day-to-day operation.
We will endeavour to reduce our non-urgent communication to you for the next 10 days as we have been advised out of respect for this mourning period.
Ms C Venter
Head of School