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Our Queen, our patron: the end of an era

Becky Collier
By Becky Collier
9th September 2022

CPRE Somerset, as part of the wider CPRE family, is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. We were honoured to have her as patron of CPRE throughout her long reign and her death marks the end of an era for us all.

Since she became CPRE’s patron 70 years ago, the Queen took a keen interest in our work, sending regular messages of encouragement. Most memorably, Her Majesty hosted CPRE anniversary events at Windsor Great Park in 2001, and St James’s Palace, in 1976 and 2006. On each occasion, she was keen to spend as much time as possible chatting to our volunteers about their local countryside.

CPRE is very grateful for the commitment Her Majesty gave us, which will be long remembered and honoured by both the national charity and our network of local groups.

CPRE chief executive Crispin Truman has sent CPRE’s condolences to the Royal Family and our support to our new King. He said: ‘Today we are mourning someone who has been so much part of the life of the nation that it is hard to imagine public life without her steadying hand and reassuring voice. We should all pause to remember the huge contribution the Queen has made to the nation, to our countryside and to all the important causes she has supported over her many decades as monarch.

‘It is the end of an era for the country and for CPRE – and one we are truly grateful to have been a part of.’

Queen Elizabeth II
The late Queen Elizabeth II, CPRE's Patron