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Lords pays tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

9 September 2022

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The House of Lords paid tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II over two days on Friday 9 September and Saturday 10 September.

The Lord Speaker started the first House of Lords sitting following the announcement of the death of the Queen with a minute's silence. The Leader of the House of Lords, Lord True, led tributes.


Tributes by the leaders of the Opposition and Liberal Democrats in the Lords, the Crossbench Convenor, the Archbishop of Canterbury and other members followed over two days.

Oath to King Charles III

At the start of the sitting on Saturday, a small number of senior members took the oath to His Majesty The King. At the end of tributes other members continued to take the oath.

Members speaking

Members from every party and grouping in the House of Lords paid tribute. Speakers included former Chiefs of the Defence Staff, former Leaders of the House of Lords, former Secretaries of State and former heads of the civil and diplomatic services.
They were joined by politicians from across the four nations of the United Kingdom, Bishops and former Archbishops of Canterbury and York, alongside medical professionals, lawyers and judges, sportspeople, journalists and broadcasters, leaders in the creative industries, education and business, and former members of the armed forces.

Humble Address

At the end of tributes, an Humble Address of condolence to King Charles III was proposed by the Leader of the House of Lords, Lord True, and unanimously agreed:

'That an Humble Address be presented to His Majesty to convey to His Majesty the deep sympathy felt by this House in the grief His Majesty has sustained by the death of our late beloved Queen, His Majesty’s Mother, of blessed and glorious memory;

To extend to all the Royal Family the deep sympathy of this House in their grief, which is shared by all its Members;

To assure His Majesty that the example of selfless public service which our late Sovereign displayed over Her reign of 70 years, Her untiring endeavours for the welfare of Her peoples and Her fortitude in adversity will ever be held in reverent, affectionate, and grateful remembrance; and

To express to His Majesty our loyalty to His Majesty’s Royal Person, and our firm conviction that, under the blessing of Divine Providence, His Majesty will, throughout His Reign, further the happiness and protect the liberties of all His peoples in all His Realms.'

Presentation of Addresses

Both the Speakers of the House of Commons and the House of Lords will present the Addresses from each House to His Majesty King Charles III on Monday 12 September.

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