Condolence on the Passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

“On behalf of the members of the Royal Australian Regiment Association and all those that have served in the Royal Australian Infantry Corps we are deeply saddened of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, our Colonel in Chief.

We offer our sincere condolences to The Royal Family, Great Britain, as a nation and its Armed Forces, where we have a very fond and strong historic military connection.

For most of us who are currently serving or who have served we have always sworn our allegiance to Her Majesty, and we have never faltered from that allegiance and oath, or she in her support of our Regiment and Corps, and all other members of the military in the Commonwealth.

I am sure I speak for us all when I say we were all very honoured and proud of Her Majesty’s patronage, and we will miss her. Her Majesty has been a constant and influential part of our military and veteran life, which is imbedded in our soldiering culture.

May Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II rest in peace. Her Duty has been done magnificently and her legacy and bond with our Regiment and Corps, will live on in our hearts.

Long Live the King.

Duty First

Michael von Berg MC OAM
Chair and National President
The Royal Australian Regiment Association

RELATED ARTICLE – The Passing of Her Majesty The Queen – The PM’s Statement

Good morning,

With the passing of Queen Elizabeth the Second, an historic reign and a long life devoted to duty, family, faith and service has come to an end.

This is a morning of sadness for the world, for the Commonwealth and all Australians.

It is a day of profound sadness and grief for the Royal Family who have lost a beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Australian hearts go out to the people of the United Kingdom who mourn today, knowing they will feel they have lost part of what makes their nation whole.

Queen Elizabeth II was a wise and enduring presence in our national life. Throughout her reign, Queen Elizabeth II showed a deep affection for our country. As she said at the Sydney Opera House in the year 2000:

“[S]ince I first stepped ashore here […] I have felt part of this rugged, honest, creative land. I have shared in the joys and the sorrows, the challenges and the changes that have shaped this country’s history.

Queen Elizabeth II has been a wise and encouraging guide, always wanting the best for our nation and greeting each change with understanding, good grace and an abiding faith in the Australian people’s judgement.

In the coming days, the Governor-General and I will be heading to London where we will meet The King.

We will convey the sorrow of Australians as well as our best wishes to him, and the Queen Consort, as he takes on his duties as Sovereign.

Today marks the end of an era, the close of the second Elizabethan age.

This time of mourning will pass, but the deep respect and warm regard in which Australians have always held Her Majesty will never fade.

May she rest in eternal peace.

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