Queen Elizabeth II 1926-2022

Following the death of its patron, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, BF opened a book of condolence for members and clubs to share their messages, with the option of sharing to the BF website and The Royal Family.

Updated September 21st, 2022. The Book of Condolence closed on September 20th, 2022. Thank you to all our members and guest for your contributions. The messages that were permitted to be published on the BF website are below.


“Welsh Fencing are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of HRH Queen Elizabeth II and send their heartfelt condolences to the Royal Family at this sad time. Cwsg Mewn Hedd.” – Welsh Fencing


“East Midlands fencing region send their thanks and condolences to the family of our late Great Queen Elizabeth II who was an inspiration to all. She showed what hard work and determination can achieve. How a leader should lead by caring, listening and guiding. Swords should only used for honour competition and creating friends.” – East Midlands Fencing, East Midlands


“Salisbury Fencing Club wishes to express its profound sorrow at the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Our thoughts are with all who mourn at this time. Thank you, your Majesty, for your service to the nation.” – Salisbury Fencing Club, Salisbury


“Thame Duellists Fencing Club offers its condolences and those of its members on the sad occasion of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II” – Thame Duellists Fencing Club, Thame, Oxfordshire


“To the Royal Family, on behalf of our fencing club’s members, Nothing I can say will take away the pain you’re experiencing. Just want you to know that we care about you, and share in your sadness. Rest in peace your majesty.” – Peter Ellinger, Head Coach, Sheffield Hallam Fencing Club, Mercia School, Sheffield


“I’m so sorry to hear of Her Majesty the Queens passing. She has been an amazing role model her entire life, no one could have given more than she has. Rest well Your Majesty.” – Jenna Griffiths, West Hallam, Derbyshire


“On behalf of Newbury Fencing Club, I would like to offer our condolences to the Royal Family at this time. We are very saddened by the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth after such a long, supportive and enduring patronage of British Fencing.” – Simon Moore (as Chair of Newbury Fencing Club, Whitchurch, Hampshire


“Members of Bristol Fencing Club express their great sadness at the death of Her Majesty The Queen, Patron of British Fencing, and give thanks for her life. They send their condolences to the new King Charles and the Royal Family.” – Kristin Payne, Bristol


“On behalf of the members of Wingerworth Fencing club we would like to extend our condolences to the Royal Family . Her Majesty’s passing has saddened us all , the whole world will feel her loss . Thank you for a lifetime of dedicated service.” – Wingerworth Fencing Club, Derbyshire


“Our Hearts are full of sadness over the loss of our Queen and patron; she touched the lives of all of us. Queen Elizabeth the Second was the finest Monarch this country has ever known. Val Hoodless and Joy Fleetham thank her Majesty for the wonderful day they had at your garden party in 2010; courtesy of the fencing related letter written by Joy Fleetham. Rest in peace Ma’am.” – Valerie Hoodless, on behalf of Bridlington Blades fencing Club.


“We are saddened to learn of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. On behalf of Oxford Fencing Club and its members we send our condolences to the royal family . We thank her for her service to the nation during her long reign.” – Oxford Fencing Club, Oxford


“I am deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth the II. I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences to the entire Royal Family. I am so honoured to have had the opportunity to meet with her on a number of occasions, including singing “Believe” as a gift to Her Majesty The Queen – Head of The Commonwealth. Your humble servant – Casey M Jones” – Casey Jones, London


“Dear Your Majesty, We thank you so much for your decades’ long service for this country. We are from Hong Kong, an ex-colony which was built and developed from a small fishing village into the world renowned Pearl of the Orient under your reign. We thank you for giving us a helping hand when our city is being ruined by an authoritarian regime, so we could formally be a part of this great country. Words are not enough to express our deep gratitude. You have done your remarkable service. Goodbye, Ma’am. May you rest in peace, Your Majesty. Yours faithfully, Thomas, Wendy, Andromeda and Theseus” – Thomas Tam, Bristol


“On behalf of the Officers and members of The Epee Club, I would like to offer our condolences to the Royal Family at this time at the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth who during her reign was a patron and supporter of Fencing in the UK.” – David Partridge


“20 Years ago my family affirmed allegiance to her after moving to the UK for work and prosperity. I’ve grown up under her reign and proudly called you a great neighbour for 5 years after moving to Windsor. Thank you for your years of service. Decades of human history that no one today or in the far future will ever forget.” – Brandon Brittain


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