The President, Chairman and Committee of the Royal Caledonian Ball and Charities Trust are deeply saddened to hear of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Her Majesty’s passing marks, in many ways, the end of an era. The world was a very different place when she attended the Royal Caledonian Ball back in 1946 – then a young princess not yet engaged to the man who would become her strength and stay, the late Duke of Edinburgh – and her long, eventful life saw seminal changes in almost every aspect of our society. To most of us, it must seem impossible to imagine Britain without its longest serving Queen.

We are enormously grateful to have been among Her Majesty’s many charitable patronages throughout the seventy years of her reign. A true Scotswoman to the end, the Queen’s support for our Ball and Trust has been unparalleled; and although we shall sorely miss her both as Patron and Sovereign, her example of duty and service to others will continue to inspire us for many years to come.

Our thoughts are with our remaining Royal Patron, Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, and all of the Royal Family at this time. 

God save the King.