Errol Taylor, Chief Executive of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, said: “On behalf of all members of the Society, in the UK and throughout the world, I should like to offer our heartfelt sympathy to King Charles and the Royal Family at the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.


“A nation has lost a wise and dedicated ruler; a family has lost a beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and RoSPA has lost our treasured Royal Patron.

“In 1952, the year of her accession, Her Majesty graciously agreed to succeed her father, King George VI, as Patron of a young and ambitious safety movement devoted to reducing the dreadful toll of accidental death and injury, at home, on the road and at work.

“As Patron, Her Majesty took a personal interest in our campaigns and activities, often supported by His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh. Our journals and newsletters report with great pride occasions including Her Majesty attending our 50th anniversary road safety exhibition and His Royal Highness awarding the 500,000th Cycling Proficiency Certificate to a young rider in 1966, our own Golden Jubilee year.

“The steadfastness of Her Majesty’s interest in our work was demonstrated by the privilege of an invitation in 2017 to celebrate RoSPA’s 100th anniversary with a Garden Party in Buckingham Palace. 3,500 RoSPA members, friends and supporters enjoyed a bright, sunny day filled with warm hospitality and continue to treasure those memories.

“We will remember with affection and gratitude the lifetime of service given by Her Majesty, whose whole life has been lived with dignity, grace, wisdom and charm. It was our honour and privilege to be among the charities to which she lent her name and attention.”