Buckingham Palace announced, on September 8th 2022, that Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth had died aged 96.
A gun salute marked the occasion along the Te Papa Promenade at dusk September 9th 2022.
"Her Majesty’s passing will be a deeply sad time for most New Zealanders says Wellington Mayor Andy Foster.
“For most of us, Her Majesty has been always there, our Queen for all of our lives. She is the longest serving monarch of not just New Zealand, but also of the United Kingdom, and all its predecessor states, going back to the dawn of history, and one of the longest reigning monarchs anywhere, anytime.
“Only the oldest of our community will have known a time before her being Queen, and even for them they would remember she was the courageous wartime Princess.
“Queen Elizabeth has served all of her long lifetime in the absolute best sense of the word service, with dignity, empathy, and constancy, even in often challenging circumstances. The World she leaves is so very different from the World that welcomed her as a new Queen in February 1952.
“Her Majesty visited New Zealand no less than 10 times as Queen, and I was privileged to meet her on one of those visits. She had that special ability to make everyone feel special on a human personal level, and at the same time to be across and understand the major geo-political issues of our time and times past.
“Her Majesty’s passing is truly the end of an era, and also a profound reminder of the mortality of every generation,” adds Mayor Foster.