Statement from Archbishop Wilson on the Death of HM Queen Elizabeth II

Following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday 8th September 2022, Archbishop John Wilson, Archbishop of Southwark, has released a statement.

HM the queen at Coronation


The announcement of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is a cause of great sadness for her beloved family, for the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth, and all people of goodwill.

We give thanks to Almighty God for Her Majesty’s life of unfailing dedication and the outstanding example of Her Majesty’s service, faithful unto death.

As a devoted disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ, Her Majesty witnessed to the Gospel of God’s love for all people and worked tirelessly to strengthen harmony, to defend justice and to promote peace. We now pray for the repose of her soul, remembering the promise of Christ, who is the Resurrection and the life: ‘I am with you always, even until the end of time.’ (Mt 28:20) May Her Majesty rest in peace and rise in glory.

We pray for our King, for the Queen Consort and for all the Royal Family at this time of bereavement. We offer to them our deepest sympathy and condolence.

Let us also pray for our United Kingdom and the Commonwealth, grateful to God for Queen Elizabeth II’s remarkable life and selfless commitment to the promises she made at her Coronation. Her Majesty has been a part of all our lives and we shall miss her deeply.

We beseech you Almighty God, that your servant Elizabeth, who by your mercy received the government of this realm, and who dedicated her life entirely to the service of her people, may now rest from her labours in the peace of Christ which surpasses all understanding. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Archbishop John Wilson

Archbishop of Southwark and Metropolitan


For the Repose of the Soul of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

On the day before the State Funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, all are welcome, whether in person or online, to join Archbishop John Wilson and the Cathedral Clergy for a Solemn Sung Requiem Mass, which will be offered for the repose of Her Majesty's soul.  

The Archbishop warmly invites all to the Mass, and to unite with him in prayer, on Sunday 18th September at 12 noon in St George's Cathedral.  

Those who wish to join the service online can do so here: 

Solemn Sung Mass for Queen Elizabeth II at St George's Cathedral



A Solemn Mass of thanksgiving for the Life and Service of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will take place in St George's Cathedral, Southwark this Sunday, 11th September 2022 at 12 noon.

The Mass will be celebrated by Father Michael Branch, the new Dean of St George’s, who will be joined by his fellow clergy.
All are welcome to come together in praying for the repose of Her Majesty’s soul.
A dedicated place of prayer and remembrance is also located within the Cathedral at this time.
All are welcome to attend as well as to spend time at the place of prayer and remembrance in front of the Martyrs Chapel.


Solemn Requiem Mass for HM Queen Elizabeth II


Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord,

and let Your perpetual light shine upon her.

May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed

through the mercy of God, rest in peace.