I was born and raised in British Commonwealth countries where Queen Elizabeth II was Head of State. I understand the place she held in people’s hearts and minds as a respected leader, and why millions around the world mourn her passing today. She exemplified devotion to service and to country, and she modeled civility and graciousness in her public life.
While America sought and achieved independence more than two centuries ago, we have maintained a special relationship with Great Britain and the British people. Queen Elizabeth reigned for nearly one third of the totality of American history and worked with 14 U.S. presidents. Her passing marks the end of an era. On behalf of the people of the City of Annapolis, we send our sympathies to the British people, and all those around the world who mourn her passing.
Mayor Gavin Buckley
September 8, 2022