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Queen Elizabeth II passes away

The Queen has passed away peacefully at Balmoral Castle in Scotland surrounded by family on the afternoon of September 8, UK time.

She was 96 years old and will be succeeded by her eldest son who’ll be crowned King Charles 111.

The Queen, who held duty at her core, worked until the day before she died, greeting the newly appointed Prime Minister of England, Liz Truss.

Queen Elizabeth visited Broken Hill in 1954 – the Barrier Daily Truth covered the visit, of course – arriving at the airport and then being driven seven miles (11kms) through the streets of Broken Hill, to the then North Park, which became Queen Elizabeth Park in her honour.

It was reported the queen was incredibly impressed with the townspeople of Broken Hill, who gathered in the streets in their thousands to view her visit and many of whom decorated their homes in her honour.

Queen Elizabeth praised the people of Broken Hill and the outback for their fortitude, courage, humour, and friendliness.

During her visit to Broken Hill, she also granted her Royal Charter to the Flying Doctor Service, which is the right to use the prefix ‘royal’, so becoming the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) we know today.

This immediately brought international attention to Broken Hill and the pioneering work of the RFDS in 1954.

Queen Elizabeth’s 1954 visit is to be honoured in a cut out wayfinding figure in Queen Elizabeth Park marking her speech at the site.

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