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The Chartered Institute of Journalists expresses its profound sadness on the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Press Release
Release date: 8 September 2022

The Chartered Institute of Journalists expresses its profound sadness at the passing of Her Majesty The Queen and sends its deepest condolences to all members of the Royal Family.

The Institute has been honoured and privileged to have worked to further the interests of professional journalism and media freedom under her reign since 1952.

The Institute is the only professional journalism body in the world to have been awarded a Royal Charter by the late Queen’s great-great grandmother Queen Victoria.

Institute President Michael Hardware says: “Everyone in the Institute shares the grief and sorrow felt throughout the United Kingdom, and those countries for whom she has been monarch and head of state, the Commonwealth, and other countries in which she has been held in the greatest respect and esteem.”

He said: “We are all experiencing a moment in history, with the passing of the United Kingdom’s longest-living, longest-serving and longest-reigning monarch.”

“She will be remembered for her outstanding values of public service, public duty, impartiality, and a determination to further and maintain the interests of all her subjects.”

He added: “She has been the quintessential constitutional monarch during the terms of fifteen Prime Ministers, including Sir Winston Churchill who was her first. She has made an invaluable contribution to the stability of representative democracy and stable government.”

Mr Hardware said the Institute expresses its eternal thanks and gratitude for everything she has done for her country.

The Institute repeats the declaration of the Prime Minister who said “God Save The King” and sends King Charles the Third and his family its very best wishes.