RSL NSW extends condolences on the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
RSL NSW extends its deepest sympathies and condolences on the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
RSL Australia President Greg Melick, who is attending Her Majesty’s funeral on behalf of the Returned and Services League, said the passing of Her Majesty will be felt by all veterans who particularly valued her association and patronage of the League for more than 70 years.
“Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth has been an outstanding servant and leader of the Commonwealth for the duration of her reign and the RSL was honoured to have her as our Patron,” Greg Melick said.
Her Majesty served in the British Army during World War II and as Colonel in Chief for a number of Australian Army Corps, therefore, linking the Monarch with many members of the Returned and Services League of Australia and veterans across the Commonwealth. Her Majesty was also a wife, mother, and grandmother of veterans.
RSL NSW President Ray James OAM said the veteran community and its members would be saddened by this news.
“On behalf of RSL NSW members across the State, I offer our gratitude and everlasting respect to our Patron, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
“The veteran community in NSW who served under Her Majesty will reflect today on her commitment, encouragement, and support for our service personnel.
“As a mark of respect and mourning RSL NSW sub-Branches, in accordance with protocol, will fly the Australian National Flag, and other flags at half-mast.”
Mr James swears his allegiance to His Majesty King Charles III, a fellow veteran, and offered the League’s support as His Majesty ascends to the throne. He extended his sincere and deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences on behalf of RSL NSW members to the Royal Family and the people of the 54 nations across the Commonwealth.