Queen Elizabeth II dedicated life to public service – British HC Hulton

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British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Sarah Hulton OBE in a tribute to Queen Elizabeth II said the Queen dedicated her life to public service. She said, she was their greatest diplomat, and she leaves us an extraordinary legacy.

“During this time of great loss, we join His Majesty King Charles III, the Royal Family, the Realms, the Commonwealth and so many around the world in mourning her passing. Her Majesty’s seventy-year reign saw her travel more widely than any other monarch, and one third of her total overseas visits were to Commonwealth countries. Her Majesty visited Sri Lanka in 1954, just five months after her Coronation – the first visit to Sri Lanka by a reigning monarch. Her ten-day tour included a Royal procession through Colombo, where she opened the first session of the second Parliament of Ceylon, a train ride to Kandy where she experienced a perahera with 140 elephants, a tour of Anuradhapura and Polunnaruwa, and spending Easter in Nuwara Eliya,” she said.

In a special press release she also said Queen Elizabeth II visited again in 1981, to witness the construction of the Victoria Dam, Sri Lanka’s largest hydroelectric project, constructed by a UK firm.

Hulton said as Head of the Commonwealth, Her Majesty helped build a unique family of nations spanning every continent, including Sri Lanka.

In a previous Commonwealth Day message, Queen Elizabeth II said, “It is always inspiring to be reminded of the diversity of the people and countries that make up our worldwide family. We are made aware of the many associations and influences that combine through Commonwealth connection, helping us to imagine and deliver a common future,”

 The press release further said that the State Funeral of The Queen will take place at Westminster Abbey on Monday 19 September.

In his first address to the nation as monarch, His Majesty King Charles III paid tribute to his mother and made a solemn pledge to serve the country with loyalty, respect and love. His Majesty was formally proclaimed King at the Accession Council at St James’s Palace on 10 September.

On the evening of 8 September, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II died peacefully at her home in Balmoral.

 Across the UK and overseas, flowers have been laid, flags have been lowered, bells have tolled and Gun Salutes have been fired in tribute to Her Majesty.