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NSW Police Commissioner Karen Webb pays respects to Queen Elizabeth II

Updated September 9 2022 - 4:47pm, first published 9:21am

As the news Queen Elizabeth II had died spread around the world, tributes began to flow for the monarch.

Here are some of the messages to our community.


In a world of continual change, Queen Elizabeth II was a constant.

The Queen and Prince Phillip visited Lismore on Wednesday, 10 February 1954 where they stayed at the Gollan Hotel.

The excitement was so intense the Keen St barricade was unable to hold back 5000 people and they had to be contained by police.

May she Rest In Peace.

Janelle Saffin - Lismore MP

I know that our local community members will share the sadness I felt to hear news from Buckingham Palace that Queen Elizabeth II had passed. She was as Prime Minister Anthony Albanese stated this morning a constant presence in our lives.

We extend our deepest condolences to Her Majesty's family, people of the United Kingdom who are entering a period of deep mourning, and all people across the world who respected, admired and loved this remarkable woman, simply and affectionately known as The Queen.


We awake this morning to the very sad news of the passing of the Queen. Her reign spanned 15 Prime Ministers, from Winston Churchill to Liz Truss.

The Queen was a great friend of Australia, and our region.

Wednesday, 10 February 1954 was the day Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip visited Lismore, before flying out of the Evans Head aerodrome in the afternoon.

They also visited Casino on Tuesday, 9 February 1954. Their aircraft landed at Evans Head, from there they travelled by car through Woodburn and Coraki to Casino. Students from many schools gathered at Carrington Park in Casino to see the Queen.

Her Majesty and her consort the Duke stayed at the Gollan Hotel in Lismore. The excitement was so intense the Keen St barricade was unable to hold back 5,000 people and they had to be contained by police.

There was a big parade at the showgrounds and a visit to East Lismore Public School to address the students.

Wonderful memory for our region. May she Rest In Peace.

Statement from NSW Police Commissioner Karen Webb:

On behalf of the NSW Police Force, I join the people of Australia, the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and across the world in expressing my deep sadness of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at age 96.

Tributes are pouring in for Queen Elizabeth II. Picture supplied
Tributes are pouring in for Queen Elizabeth II. Picture supplied

We acknowledge Her Late Majesty's service to the community, the people of the Commonwealth and the role she has played in world history since taking the Crown in 1952.


To this day, NSW Police Force officers swear to "well and truly serve our Sovereign Lady the Queen as a police officer without favour or affection, malice or ill-will until I am legally discharged, that I will cause Her Majesty's peace to be kept and preserved, and that I will prevent to the best of my power all offences against that peace, and that while I continue to be a police officer I will to the best of my skill and knowledge discharge all my duties faithfully according to law."

Each day, it is a privilege to serve the community of NSW as an officer of the Crown and Her Late Majesty.

In addition to our sworn duties, the NSW Police Force had the honour of welcoming and protecting Her Late Majesty during most of her 16 visits to Australia throughout her reign, and our Mounted Unit performed their Musical Ride on centre stage at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012, the same year our force celebrated a milestone of 150 years. NSW Police Force have a long and proud history in supporting Her Late Majesty.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Her Late Majesty's family as they grieve the loss of their mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend.

I would also like to pass on our thoughts to Her Excellency, the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC, Governor of New South Wales and her team during this sad time.