News was released in the UK at about 18.30 on 8 September 2022 that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has passed away peacefully at Her beloved Balmoral Estate in Scotland. It is reported that a period of 10 days mourning is to be observed in the UK before Her state funeral.

As news reports emerged during the day that Her close family were headed to Balmoral at speed it became clear the situation was not good.

On behalf of its members and the wider maritime world, the Maritime Professional Council of the UK would like to pay its respects to Her Majesty and to send condolences, particularly to Her eldest son, King Charles III, who accedes to the throne, Her children and the rest of the Royal Family at this difficult time.

The Queen’s reign was the longest of any British Monarch. She dedicated Her entire adult life to serving Her people in the most dignified and graceful manner, service which was to span more than 70 years.

God save The King.