It is with deep regret that I inform the people of Tasmania that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, The Queen of Australia, has passed away at Balmoral castle in Scotland, early on the morning of Friday 9 September 2022 Australian Eastern Standard Time.
Her Majesty’s health had been closely monitored by doctors throughout the day, following an extended period of declining health.
Buckingham Palace issued a statement that “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon”.
Queen Elizabeth II was Britain’s longest reigning Monarch, having succeeded to the Throne in 1952 following the death of her father King George VI.
On behalf of all Tasmanians I express my condolences to the family and relatives of the deceased Monarch.
Due observances will be held in Tasmania during the next ten days of official mourning. Together with the Office of the Premier of Tasmania, the Honourable Jeremy Rockliff MP, I will ensure that Tasmanians are kept fully informed of these observances, in Tasmania, throughout Australia and in the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.
In consultation with the Office of the Governor-General and offices of Australian State Governors, it has been decided that as Vice-Regal representatives in Australia we will, at individual discretion, continue with planned events during the period of mourning. Such events will where appropriate also enable public reflection by Her Excellency on the remarkable life and dedication of Her Majesty.
Condolences at Government House Tasmania
Condolence sheets and a Condolence book are available for signing at Government House from 8 am on Friday 9 September. The sheets will be forwarded to Buckingham Palace. The book will remain at Government House. Flowers may also be left at Government House as a tribute to the late Monarch.
Government House staff will be on duty at Lion’s Court to assist visitors with parking.
Additionally: Online condolences can be made via https://www.pmc.gov.au/her-majesty-the-queen .