Friday, 23 September 2022
Death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth Ii and Accession of His Majesty King Charles Iii
KMAN () (): The incorporated speech read as follows
It is with profound sorrow that I acknowledge the death of Her Majesty The Queen, Elizabeth II.
Her Majesty's lifetime of service to Australia, the Commonwealth, and the United Kingdom stands as an example to us all.
As many have noted, few have known a world absent of Queen Elizabeth. She was a beacon of stability throughout periods of upheaval and uncertainty, and a steadfast leader whose presence brought comfort to so many.
While our world will be forever changed without her, her passing reminds us of the values and, importantly, the conduct that defines enduring leaders, decent people, and good societies.
Service, strength of will, and sacrifice are the values that Queen Elizabeth pledged to uphold on her 21st birthday—and the values that she maintained for over 70 years of her reign.
As the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, noted at Her Majesty's State Funeral:
"Those who served will be loved and remembered when those w ho cling to power and privileges are long forgotten."
May we all, in this place, strive to follow her example of conscientious service,
As Australians, we can be comforted by the affection Queen Elizabeth held for our nation, being the first reigning British monarch to set foot on Australian soil.
Throughout her 16 visits, she viewed Australia from land to sea, and engaged with Australians from all walks of life.
On her first royal tour in I 954, Queen Elizabeth visited over 70 country towns- a fitting tribute from a woman with a deep-rooted and lifelong affection for the countryside.
This week, people from all nations of the world joined the Royal Family in bidding Her Majesty a final farewell as she was laid to rest.
Thank you and rest well, Your Majesty.