The passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II  

8 September 2022

Trinity College is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen visited the college in 1960 and throughout her reign the University of Oxford enjoyed a close relationship with the Queen. Our community gives thanks for her 70 years of service to the nation.

The Queen’s visit to Trinity College in 1960 was part of an historic visit; she was the first reigning monarch to pay an official visit to the city of Oxford (rather than University).In a busy tour of civic, university and college events, the Queen enjoyed a relaxing break for lunch at Trinity, hosted by the President Arthur Norrington in his office as Vice-Chancellor. After a simple meal in Hall she was entertained to coffee in the Junior Common Room by the JCR presidents of all the colleges.

Trinity’s President, Dame Hilary Boulding, said: ‘The thoughts and prayers of the whole college community are with all members of the Royal Family on this sad occasion. We acknowledge with enormous gratitude the Queen’s dedicated service throughout her long reign.’

Oxford University has published a tribute from the Chancellor, and will be holding a service of thanksgiving and remembrance; full details are on the University website.

Image: HM Queen Elizabeth stands outside Trinity College with the University Chancellor Harold Macmillan during her visit to Oxford on 4 November 1960.