Queen Elizabeth II Passes

Queen Elizabeth II has sadly quietly passed away earlier today at the age of 96 at Balmoral.

Her Majesty visited Henley twice in the last 25 years.  She officially opened the River & Rowing Museum on the 6 November 1998 arriving by boat from Phyllis Court Club and also opened Perpetual Park on the Reading Road and the Youth Centre on Deanfield Avenue.  She was greeted at the Museum by the then Henley Mayor, Allan Follett.

In the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012 she visited Henley Business School at the University of Reading with His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh for a summer garden party on 25 June. Hosted by the Lord Lieutenants of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, over 4,000 guests attended the event held on the beautiful lawns of Henley Business School’s historic Greenlands campus.

The event commenced with a river pageant with Queen Elizabeth on the steam boat Alaska, marking the role and impact of the River Thames on the Thames Valley region for more than 1,000 years. Over 30 boats including a Viking boat crewed by the University of Reading rowers featured in the pageant showcasing all aspects of the River.

Tomorrow (Friday) some of the independent retailers will be closed as mark of respect.

Our sincerest condolences to the royal family on the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who as our longest reigning monarch shall be greatly missed.