Andrew Everett, Executive Secretary and CEO of the ERA Foundation said: ‘All at The ERA Foundation are saddened to hear that Queen Elizabeth has died. She dedicated her whole to public service with dignity and was an example of courage and integrity. We extend our sympathy to the Royal Family at this sad time.’
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has been a champion of engineering throughout her reign. Most notably granting the Royal Academy of Engineering its Royal Charter in 1992, acting as Patron of The Institution of Engineering and Technology, and more recently lending her name to the creation of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering in 2011; awarding its inaugural prize to the inventors of the Internet and World Wide Web.
Not only was her Majesty vocal about the role of Engineers in solving global challenges and improving lives in the UK and across the world, but she was personally connected to the field of engineering. She drove a tube train during the launch of the Victoria Line and enlisted in the Auxiliary Territorial Service as a Subaltern during World War II. In her role as Queen, she opened world-leading engineering projects, like the Diamond Light Source synchrotron project, Severn Bridge, and Channel Tunnel.