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The passing of our Royal patron, Her Majesty The Queen

Publication date:

09 September 2022

Last updated:

16 September 2022


Chartered Insurance Institute

The Chartered Insurance Institute sends its deepest condolences to the Royal Family. We are saddened by the passing of our Royal Patron and head of the Commonwealth, Her Majesty The Queen.

The Queen was inspirational in the way she lived a life of remarkable, dedicated public service. Our thoughts are with the Royal Family at this difficult time.

The Queen played a key role in the Institute’s development in 1987, when she updated the Royal Charter, which requires us to ‘secure and justify the confidence of the public’. 

Two years ago, the CII became an accredited member of the Commonwealth by joining the category of Professional and Civil Society Organisations.

Membership saw the CII commit to the Commonwealth’s 16 values and principles, which included a strong focus on gender equality and facilitating access to the profession for people from all backgrounds.

The CII was proud to commit to the shared set of values championed by the Commonwealth and made the step to become an accredited member, out of respect for the many years of commitment from the Queen, and now her successor, His Majesty King Charles III.

As we enter a period of national mourning, we will reflect on how our activities in the coming days may need to change so that we can show our respect to our Royal Patron, who has set the standard for future Monarchs to follow.

Once further details of the state funeral and official observations have been announced, we will update members if any exam sittings or other events need to be postponed.

Update: CII exams are continuing during the mourning period, though candidates who wish to reschedule their exam due to the current circumstances may do so. Please go to your MyCII/MyPFS account to reschedule your exam. UK exam centres will be closed for the day of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's State Funeral on the 19th September and candidates will be contacted regarding cancellations. Rescheduling is free of charge.

This document is believed to be accurate but is not intended as a basis of knowledge upon which advice can be given. Neither the author (personal or corporate), the CII group, local institute or Society, or any of the officers or employees of those organisations accept any responsibility for any loss occasioned to any person acting or refraining from action as a result of the data or opinions included in this material. Opinions expressed are those of the author or authors and not necessarily those of the CII group, local institutes, or Societies.