08 Sep 2022
Trinity Hall pays tribute to the extraordinary leadership of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the service to the Nation which she rendered over her lifetime. The College extends its deepest condolences to the Royal Family.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was a welcome guest at Trinity Hall during her reign and we were fortunate that she had a place in the governance of the College.
Under our Statutes the Crown assumes the role of Visitor, acting through the Lord Chancellor.
But it was as a personal visitor to Trinity Hall that Her Majesty made the greatest impression. The Queen and HRH the Duke of Edinburgh visited Trinity Hall in 2000 to mark the 650th year of the College’s foundation and reopened the Graham Storey Room after its refurbishment
Vice-Master Dr Daniel Tyler, said “We mourn the loss of our sovereign, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. We are proud of her association with the College and, above all, we are grateful for her dedicated and gracious service to this Nation.”
The College recently celebrated Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee with a tea party for students on the Fellow’s Lawn.
The University of Cambridge has also paid tribute to Her Majesty. Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen J Toope said: “This news brings great sorrow for the United Kingdom as a whole, for the Commonwealth, and most particularly for members of the Royal Family, to whom we extend our heartfelt condolences.
“Her Majesty The Queen’s reign defined the United Kingdom of the 20th and early 21st centuries. Her Majesty’s devotion to public service and the common good, her dignity, her sense of duty and her strong moral compass, will always be an inspiration.”
Remembering Queen Elizabeth II
There will be a short (15 minute) service in the College Chapel at 2pm today (Friday) to reflect on, and give thanks for, Queen Elizabeth’s life and service, and to pray for those who mourn. The Chapel is open all day for anyone who would like to pause and reflect.
Great St Mary’s, the University Church, will be open 9am to 6pm daily, and a Book of Condolence, provided by the City of Cambridge, will be available to the public.
There will be spoken services on Friday 9 Sept and Saturday 10 Sept at 9am, 12noon, 6pm, as well as brief prayers held on the hour.
Details of an ecumenical Act of Remembrance to be held at the University Church will be announced shortly on Great St Mary’s website.