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National Army Museum
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  • Chelsea, London

A message from the National Army Museum

Queen Elizabeth II opening the National Army Museum on three occasions

Queen Elizabeth II opening the National Army Museum on three occasions

We at the National Army Museum, founded by Her Majesty by Royal Charter in 1960, are profoundly saddened by the death of our Sovereign Head of State, and Commander in Chief of the Army, Queen Elizabeth II.

The Queen, throughout her glorious 70-year reign, has been an inspiration to all of those who have served in Her Army, across the world, in peace, on operations, and in war, and to those entrusted to guard Her Army’s history and traditions.

From her anointment as Our Queen, to her much-mourned death, all officers and soldiers of the British Army have served Her Majesty under an oath of faithful and willing allegiance. In return, Her Majesty has dedicated her own reign to serving Her Army with total dedication, courage and faith.

Our grief will be shared by hundreds of millions across our United Kingdom, the Commonwealth, and the wider world. We are united in our gratitude for her steadfast leadership, and for her boundless patience, compassion and selfless service.

This is not just a loss for our Nation and the Commonwealth, but a personal loss for all members of the Royal Family, to whom we send our deepest condolences, holding them close in our thoughts and prayers.

Lieutenant General Sir Simon Mayall, KBE, CB
Chair of Council, National Army Museum

Bronze portrait bust of Queen Elizabeth II, commemorating her service in the Auxiliary Territorial Service in 1945

Bronze portrait bust of Queen Elizabeth II commemorating her service in the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) while still a princess

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