A memorial service was held commemorating the life of the country’s late sovereign, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Government officials, members of the judiciary, members of the uniformed branches and others attended the service held at Christ Church Cathedral.

At the service, head of the Anglican Diocese, Bishop Laish Boyd spoke to the issue of The Bahamas removing the monarchy in favor of becoming a republic. He said, “this is nothing to do with loving or hating the mother country. It has to do with national, cultural and constitutional majority and we cannot put a time limit on it either. It can only happen in the fulness of time.”

Bishop Boyd went on saying, “now some people may not care for the monarchy, which is their right and which we must respect. However, human community needs entities, traditions, models which provide structure and identity which connect us with the past and the full variety of that past.”

Tributes were also brought on the occasion by Prime Minister, the Hon. Philip Davis and Governor General, His Excellency, the Most Hon. Sir Cornelius Smith.

Queen Elizabeth II served on throne for seventy years making her the longest serving monarch. She died on September 8, 2022 at the age of 96.