Luxury travel sector pays tribute to HM Queen Elizabeth II

Airlines, agents, cruise lines, hotels, tour operators and many others from across the luxury travel sector have paid tribute to HM Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away at Balmoral in Scotland on September 8.

Abercrombie & Kent founder, chief executive and co-chairman Geoffrey Kent said the Queen was “a beacon of light and strength for everyone around her”, adding: “My heart goes out to her family, especially my long-time friend, now King Charles III.”

Elegant Resorts posted a black-and-white image of the Queen with her husband Prince Philip alongside the caption: “We are saddened to hear of the passing of Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II, the most well-travelled Monarch in history who served her country with such dignity and devotion. She will be sorely missed, and we offer our sincere condolences to the Royal Family at this time.”

Luxury hotels across London that regularly hosted the Queen also shared tributes and memories on social media. 

The Ritz London, where the monarch marked her 50th Golden Jubilee anniversary in November 2002, posted a series of photos of the Queen in celebration of her 70-year reign. 

It said: “We are profoundly saddened by Buckingham Palace’s announcement that Her Majesty The Queen has passed away. We will be forever grateful to Her Majesty for a lifetime of service to the United Kingdom, to the Commonwealth, and to all of us with such dedication, grace and love throughout her magnificent seventy-year reign. All of us at The Ritz will treasure the very special memories of the moments she spent with us and we send our most sincere condolences to the Royal Family at this time.”

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London shared an image of the Queen during one of her many visits to the hotel and said it was “deeply saddened” by her passing. 

“All of us at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London extend our heartfelt condolences to the Royal Family. We would like to thank Her Majesty for her incredible long and successful reign,” it added.

The Dorchester expressed condolences as it posted a black-and-white image of the then HRH Princess Elizabeth attending her first millinery show at the property in 1947.

Mayfair hotel Claridge’s said it joined the British nation and the world in “mourning the death of our remarkable Monarch”, while The Savoy London said it wished to convey its condolences to the Royal Family “at this time of great sorrow”.

Luxury cruise brands and airlines were also among those paying respect following the Queen's passing. 

Cunard, whose sister brand P&O Cruises has four ships named by the Queen, said: “All at Cunard are deeply saddened at the news of the death of Her Majesty The Queen. Her Majesty had a long association with the company dating back to 1938 and included her naming four ships. For that Cunard will be forever grateful to The Queen.”  

Silversea Cruises shared an image of Queen Elizabeth II laughing and commented: “Along with our British and Commonwealth crew and guests, everyone at Royal Caribbean Group and Silversea mourns the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. She was a truly remarkable monarch who dedicated her life to the service of others.”

Regent Seven Seas Cruises and sister line Oceania Cruises shared similar statements saying their “thoughts and hearts” were with friends and family across the UK and around the world “as the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is mourned”. They added: “Our sincerest condolences as we remember and honour one of the longest reigning monarchs in the world.”

The national flag-carrier British Airways spoke of an “immeasurable loss” and said it was “deeply honoured and proud to have flown Her Majesty on a number of occasions, moments which we will always cherish.”

It added: “Her Majesty has for so long shown immense resilience and encouraged us to stand together with the United Kingdom, to thank her for her service and bid her a final farewell.”

Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson said the Queen had redefined leadership – living a “life of service, standing for the best of British values, providing grace and consistency in an ever-changing world”.

Private jet company Air Charter Service added that it was sending its “deepest condolences” to the Royal Family. 

Tributes have also poured in from high-end travel agencies and agents.

The Travel Bureau tweeted how the Queen was “ever present” in our national story for “decades” and added that her life was “example to us all”.

Gemma Antrobus, owner of Haslemere Travel and chair of Aito Agents, commented: "May she rest in peace! Thank you for your unwavering service and your wonderful wit! You have given so much and we are eternally grateful." 

Online travel agency Luxtripper added that it was remembering the Queen’s “extraordinary life” and mourning her loss. 

Clive Jacobs, chairman of Aspire owner Jacobs Media Group, said: “I am so very saddened by the passing of our beloved Queen, it has been a privilege to live my entire life during her reign and be inspired and guided by her as the ultimate role model. May your memory be a blessing, you will be sorely missed.”

Photo: Queen Elizabeth at the naming of P&O Cruises’ Britannia. Photo courtesy of P&O Cruises.

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