Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has died at the age of 96. The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. She served as Reigning Monarch since 1952, making 2022 the year of her Platinum Jubilee. She ruled for longer than any other Monarch in British history.
“Trustees and staff of the Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland would like to express their sadness at the death of QNIS’ Patron, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty welcomed the reintroduction of the Queen’s Nurse title to Scotland in 2017 and graciously signed every Queen’s Nurse Certificate since, 110 in total.
Having Her Majesty The Queen’s signature was a mark of the value she placed on nursing and midwifery and was deeply appreciated by every recipient. We will be forever grateful for Her Majesty’s support and today we join with so many other organisations and individuals in expressing our sorrow at her passing. We extend our condolences to The Royal Family.”
– Clare Cable, QNIS Chief Executive and Nurse Director
The Queen was preceded in death by her husband Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh who died in April 2021.
Her Majesty always placed particular importance on public and voluntary services. The patron of many charities, including the Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland, her involvement brought with it essential publicity and recognition. Thanks to Her Majesty’s patronage, QNIS has been able to support community nurses and midwives in providing vital care in Scotland’s communities. Each year, Her Majesty would write a letter of congratulations to all those being awarded the Queen’s Nurse title, a gesture welcomed and greatly admired by those nurses and midwives completing the programme.
Queen’s Nurse, Emma Legge has written this touching poem in tribute to Her Majesty: Our Mountain
The staff and Trustees of QNIS extend their condolences to The Royal Family at this time.