Remembering Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II

Thursday 8th September

This is a sad and poignant moment for many of us. A remarkable and long-serving head of State, Her Majesty was also a deeply loved and cherished wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, and our thoughts are with all those affected by her loss at this time.

Throughout her reign, Her Majesty has witnessed the profound impact of science and innovation upon the world. From visiting Harwell in 1957 to see the Atomic Energy Research Establishment’s pioneering work, to opening the Diamond Light Synchrotron in 2010, her support for and engagement with the campus and with science, engineering and innovation has been unwavering.

As a prominent British institution, Harwell Campus will follow a formal mourning protocol as a mark of respect. I have written today to Buckingham Palace to ask that our deepest sympathy and condolences be conveyed to His Majesty the King and other members of the Royal Family, on behalf of our staff, past and present and instructed that flags on our buildings should be lowered to half-mast.


Stuart Grant

CEO, Harwell Science and Innovation Campus