Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 1926-2022

08 September 2022

The College mourns the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

The Queen’s extraordinary service to our country and the Commonwealth over more than 70 years will never be forgotten. The example she set of integrity, wisdom, and calm has been a source of inspiration and comfort to millions.

Many of you will recall the last time she visited the College to help celebrate our 550th Anniversary in 2008, when she ate in Hall with Fellows, students, and staff. Some of you will remember her first visit to Magdalen in 1948 as Princess Elizabeth.

To honour and commemorate the life of Her Majesty The Queen, the College is flying the Union Flag and College flag at half mast, and today rang a muffled peal of the bells in the Great Tower. A Book of Condolence is available for signature at the covered entrance to the Chapel, and prayers will be offered at two public services in the Chapel: Saturday 17 September at 4.30pm and Sunday 18 September at 11am. The Oxford Proclamation will take place at Carfax on Sunday 11 September at 1pm.

May the memory of Her Majesty The Queen be a blessing. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

God Save the King!

Dinah Rose

The young Princess Elizabeth with Magdalen President Thomas Boase.