Statement on the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

9 September 2022

The Board, staff and artists of the Royal New Zealand Ballet are saddened by the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. We extend our sincere condolences to the Royal Family.

Former artists and crew cherish the memories of performing for Her Majesty during her visits to New Zealand in 1977 and 1981. We are grateful for the support that Her Majesty gave to many arts organisations throughout the Commonwealth, including our own, throughout her long reign.

QEII_JonTrimmer_Archive Picture: New Zealand Ballet board member Phil Warren presents dancer Jon Trimmer to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II following the Royal Variety Performance in Auckland on 16 October 1981. Jon is in costume for Harry Haythorne’s Titania Awakes, a short original work created for the occasion, with music by John Ritchie and designs by Kristian Fredrikson. Royal New Zealand Ballet Collection, PAColl-8050-19-02, ATL.