Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II • 1926 – 2022

We give thanks for the long life of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who died on Thursday 8 September BST, 2022.

The Dean of Melbourne, Dr Andreas Loewe, said: “Queen Elizabeth has been a magnificent ambassador of the Christian faith. Her deeply held convictions shaped her service to our nation and the commonwealth of nations. Sunday’s service will be an opportunity for the people of Victoria to honour our late Queen and to pray for King Charles and all who mourn with us the death of a greatly loved leader”.

Paying Tribute to Her Late Majesty The Queen

St Paul’s Cathedral warmly welcomes all who wish to pay tribute and give thanks for the life and service of Her Late Majesty The Queen. The Cathedral is open each day for private prayer and to light a candle. Please check here for today’s opening times.

Prayers of Thanksgiving for the life of Queen Elizabeth II and for the new King, King Charles III, will be offered at all our services over the coming days.

Solemn Choral Evensong • 6pm Sunday 11 September

A solemn service of Choral Evensong was held on Sunday 11 September 2022 to give thanks to God for the long life of The Queen. The service was led by the Archbishop in the presence Her Excellency the Governor of Victoria, Bishops and Clergy of the Anglican Province of Victoria, The Premier and Members of Parliament, Heads of Churches including the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne, Members of the Diplomatic and Consular Corps and many other dignitaries.

A recording of the service can be re-watched online here. If you would like a hard copy of the Order of Service, some copies are available in the Cathedral.

Download the order of service

Prayers for use at this time

A prayer for King Charles III

Almighty God, the fountain of all goodness,
bless our Sovereign Lord, King Charles,
  and all who are in authority under him;
that they may order all things in wisdom and equity,
  righteousness and peace,
to the honour and glory of your name
  and the good of your Church and people;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

A prayer following the death of Queen Elizabeth II

Thanks be to God for the gift of life:
You have made us in your image,
  and called us to reflect your truth and light.
We thank you for the life of Elizabeth, our Late Queen,
  for her faithful devotion, dutiful commitment,
  loving leadership, gentle constancy,
  royal dignity and kindly humanity.
Above all, we thank you for your gracious promise
  to all your servants, living and departed,
  that we shall be made one again
  in our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Further resources can be found on the Church of England’s website.