The passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II – University of Oxford

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The University of Oxford is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The University enjoyed a close relationship with the Queen throughout her reign and gives thanks for her 70 years of service to the nation.

This page contains a tribute from the Chancellor, Lord Patten of Barnes, and provides details of The Queen’s involvement with Oxford. 
It also gives details about the University’s service of remembrance and further information for staff and students on University events and bank holiday arrangements.

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‘Queen Elizabeth was one of Britain’s greatest monarchs, which is not solely because of the achievements and length of her remarkable reign, as well as the changes and challenges the UK and the world underwent during that time. It is, above all, because of her utter dedication to duty, responsibility, decency and brave integrity. We are all profoundly grateful for her services to the UK and the Commonwealth, which she carried out at all times with generosity of spirit, good humour and wise judgement. Requiescat in pace.’
The University of Oxford has a long history of links with the British Royal Family and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen served as the College Visitor of Christ Church, Oriel College, University College and St Antony’s College. In this largely ceremonial role, The Queen acted as impartial overseer of these institutions.
As part of her duties The Queen has visited the University on a number of occasions over the years. Highlights include:

The University held a Service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance for Her Majesty The Queen on Sunday 18 September, giving an opportunity for representatives of the staff and student bodies to pay their respects. The Rt Hon Lord Patten of Barnes, Chancellor of the University, gave the address.
The service was live streamed on the University Church YouTube channel.
In line with official guidance, we expect University business and events to continue as usual, including degree ceremonies and the Open Day on 16 September. 
Monday 19 September has now been designated as a bank holiday to mark the funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. In line with other bank holidays, most University business will not take place, and many meetings, teaching and events will be rescheduled. The Bodleian Libraries, Ashmolean, History of Science Museum, Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford University Museum of Natural History, the Botanic Garden and Harcourt Arboretum will be closed for the day.
Staff and students with questions about arrangements for the bank holiday should speak to their college or department for further information.
A book of condolence has been made available for all staff and students to share a message. The book is located in the atrium of the Weston Library and is available to sign until 5pm on the day following the state funeral. Usual Weston hours are: Monday–Friday 9am–5pm, Saturday 10–5 and Sunday 11–4pm. An online book of condolence is also available to staff and students. 
The Oxfordshire County Council provides detailed information on books of condolence, closures, events and tributes on their website.
For media enquiries, please contact the University Public Affairs Directorate on news.office@admin.ox.ac.uk or phone 01865 280528.
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Address given by the Rt Hon Lord Patten of Barnes, Chancellor of the University of Oxford, at the Service of Thanksgiving and Commemoration for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Sunday 18 September 2022
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