Today we all join in mourning the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The College has issued an official public statement to mark this historic moment, one which we are all experiencing for the very first time.
Her Majesty was universally admired and respected for her grace, leadership, compassion and for her commitment to serving her nation and its people throughout her life.
Her influence and impact on us all cannot be underestimated, particularly to seven generations of women all over the world who held her up as a female role model and beacon of leadership, resilience and strength during times of crisis and hardship.
The College will work closely with City leaders and with the Department for Education to build an understanding of the protocols governing our formal response. Any changes to our operations including closure days will be communicated to all staff and students as soon as they are confirmed.
A book of condolence is being established in the Adams Building which sits proudly in the centre of the Lace Market, frequented on more than one occasion by members of the Royal Family and itself a recipient of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize some 20 years ago.
The Queen was no stranger to Nottingham, having visited most recently in 2012 for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee tour but her life was peppered with formal visits to the city, most notably to open The Queen’s Medical Centre in 1977 and to commemorate 100 years of the University of Nottingham in 1981. In fact she has visited the city at least once a decade throughout her reign.
Whilst news of the Queen’s passing is shocking and sad, her legacy is one to celebrate and be proud of. In the coming weeks we will be exploring ways in which we can educate and inspire our own students to look back on her remarkable life and what she stood for.