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On the death of HM Queen Elizabeth II

At Fairfield House and BEMSCA we express sadness at the passing and gratitude for service of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth to the British people

In 1954, following her Coronation, HM Queen Elizabeth II arranged a state reception of highest honour for the visit of His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I and honoured him as a Stranger Knight in the Most Noble Order of the Garter, she then accepted a Knighthood in the Ethiopian Imperial Order of King Solomon bestowed by His Imperial Majesty in Buckingham Palace.

In 1965, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip were received on a state visit to Ethiopia with equal dignity and honour as was received by the Emperor the decade before.

We now present a personal statement from H.I.H Princess Esther Sellassie Antohin, Great Granddaughter of H.I.M Haile Selassie I and Co Chair of Fairfield House Bath CIC on the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Britains longest reigning monarch.

- As I reflect on the very sad news of the passing of Queen Elizabeth, I can’t forget how Her Majesty was very generous to members of my family. Most likely based on the special friendship with Emperor Haile Selassie.

When my grandfather Crown Prince Asfawossen had a stroke, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth sent physicians, specialists to care for him. He was airlifted and brought to London. This was before the revolution.

After the release from detention of the elder members of my family who decided to live in England, they were looked after very well by special consideration. My family truly is indebted to her. I want to acknowledge it.

May God grant her Eternal Rest.

Princess Esther

Please Note: Fairfield House will receive visitors on Sunday 11 Sept. The Ethiopian Imperial standard will fly at half mast during the period of public mourning. There will be a book of condolences at Fairfield House for community members' use.

For other formalities locally in the City of Bath please check - B&NES Council website



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