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Education Minister Remembers Queen Elizabeth II

A few minutes before The Queen’s passing was announced, we managed to ask Education Minister Francis Fonseca for his thoughts on the 96-year-old Monarch. The Queen’s death today comes two days after meeting with her 15th British Prime Minister, Liz Truss, who was sworn in on Tuesday. Across Belize and the Commonwealth, flags will be flown at half-mast and a period of mourning will be declared. Minister Fonseca spoke of The Queen’s contributions not only to Belize but throughout the realms and commonwealth. 

Francis Fonseca, Minister of Education, Culture, E-Governance, Science & Technology: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Royal Family and we wish the Queen well. She has had a long productive life. I think in her lifetime she has received over 15, about 15 British Prime Ministers and all of our Prime Ministers, of Belize of course, have served under her tenure and her leadership. So she is the ceremonial Head of State of Belize. She is the Queen of Belize. You’re right and so regardless of your views of the monarchy, you know, I believe we should move beyond the monarchy and we should put behind us the vestiges of colonialism once and for all. But that does not take away from us our fondness for the Queen. You know she has served our Commonwealth with distinction, with grace.  So you know we are definitely thinking about her family during this difficult time and I think we certainly understand the significant role she has played in the history of the Commonwealth which Belize is a part of. So whatever your position on the monarchy, we have to pay tribute to her long distinguished record of service to our region and to our country. I think the Commonwealth has survived for a very very long time and will continue to do so beyond any British Monarchy.”