Staff and residents at Barchester’s Chorleywood Beaumont care home in Chorleywood paid their respects to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, on the day of her funeral, 19 September 2022. The whole home came together to honour and give thanks for the Queen’s long and extraordinary life of service to the British people and the Commonwealth over her 70 year reign, the longest of any British monarch.
Residents and staff watched the televised service that took place at Westminster Abbey and observed the national two minutes silence in memory of the late Queen before she was laid to rest in St George’s Chapel in Windsor. In the days before the ceremony, staff and residents got together and created a book to collect their thoughts and messages of condolence to send to the Royal Family. They reminisced about royal tours, the Queen’s many milestones and her constant presence in all her subjects’ lives over the last 70 years.
General Manager, Ramona Stanciu said: “We absolutely had to mark this occasion, it is such an important event in all our history. The Queen gave so much of herself to us all over her 70 year reign. We all wanted to come together, raise a toast, give thanks for her life and celebrate her many achievements.”
Hanne Lise Stamper a resident, said: “I remember the Coronation very well and how wonderful the ceremony was. The Queen looked so beautiful. She dedicated her entire life to serving us all and worked right up until the very end. She did us proud – we couldn’t have asked for a better Queen. She meant so much to us all, she will be very much missed.”