Statement by the Director General

The Royal Over-Seas League learnt with immeasurable sadness of the death of Queen Elizabeth II yesterday afternoon. The Queen has been a constant in all our lives, and for the Royal Over-Seas League also our most special and loyal Patron since 1952, who recently sent us warm wishes for this year’s Centenary Royal Charter year.

ROSL is an historic Commonwealth institution, and we regularly host High Commissioners and Commonwealth organisations in our London Clubhouse. The Queen has been the most remarkable Head of the Commonwealth, and the loss of her steady leadership of this special community of nations and peoples will be deeply felt.

We all at ROSL - our staff, our governance, and all our thousands of members who live across the entire Commonwealth and beyond - join together in this period of mourning for The Queen, who will be missed in so many inestimable ways. We also join together to pass on our deepest condolences to His Majesty, King Charles III, The Queen Consort and to all Members of the Royal Family.

At the ROSL Clubhouse in London, our flag is flying at half-mast and we have opened a Book of Condolence for members to sign, located in the Central Lounge. No ROSL events will take place during this ten-day period of mourning for our most beloved late Monarch and Patron.

With warm wishes to you all on this most sad occasion,

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Dr Annette Prandzioch

Director General


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