The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and joins the nation in mourning the loss of The Commonwealth’s longest-serving and much-loved Monarch.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth had close ties with the Memorial at Capel-le-Ferne, having opened The Wing, the Trust’s Spitfire wing-shaped visitor centre, in March 2015, accompanied by His Late Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh.
She was following in the footsteps of her mother, Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, who unveiled the National Memorial to the Few, the focal point of the Memorial, in July 1993.
During her visit in 2015 Her Majesty met and chatted to several of the Few, highlighting the Royal Family’s admiration and respect for the men of the Royal Air Force who won the Battle of Britain a little more than a decade before she came to the throne.
Throughout 70 years as our Queen, Her Majesty showed similar qualities of courage, leadership, loyalty and compassion at the head of The Commonwealth, and her passing will unite the world in sadness. The Trustees, officers, staff and volunteers at the Battle of Britain Memorial offer our sincere condolences to the Royal Family at this time.