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SBA pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II on her passing

queen elizabeth visit sba
Queen Elizabeth visit SBA in 1993

The administrator of the sovereign base areas on Friday paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II a day after her passing.

Air Vice Marshal Peter Squires said in a written statement that “it is with enormous sadness that we mourn the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II”.

“Her extraordinary life was dedicated to serving all the people of the Commonwealth and she was an inspiration to so many,” he added.

The Sovereign Base Areas join the Republic of Cyprus and people across the world in offering thoughts and heartfelt prayers to the Royal Family during this difficult time, his statement said.

In a tribute to the life of the Queen, the Sovereign Base Areas have lowered its flags to half-mast.

The British flag is also flying half-mast at the British High Commission offices in Nicosia, “as we mourn the loss of her majesty Queen Elizabeth II”, they said in an announcement.

The UK High Commission also announced that it will be opening a book of condolences for the Queen.

Elizabeth, who died on Thursday aged 96, was the longest-serving monarch after reigning for 70 years.

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Queen Elizabeth at Akrotiri base on a stopover visit to India with President Makarios and vice president Fazil Kuchuk

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