Sir Joseph Hotung with the Queen. He points to an object in a display case.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
(1926–2022)

Statement from the British Museum on the passing of Her Majesty The Queen

Statement from the British Museum on the passing of Her Majesty The Queen:

'The Trustees and staff of the British Museum are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Her Majesty The Queen.

Our thoughts are with the Royal Family. We have been honoured by, and fondly remember, Her Majesty’s steadfast support for the Museum throughout her reign.

The Museum will honour the Queen’s memory by flying the flag at half-mast, observing a one-minute silence at the appropriate moment, and senior staff will wear black ties and arm bands during the period of mourning. A book of condolence has been placed in the Great Court for visitors to sign, should they wish.

Museum-hosted events will be cancelled during the period of mourning and the Museum will be closed on Monday 19 September, the day of Her Majesty’s funeral.'

– Hartwig Fischer, Director of the British Museum, 8 September 2022.