HM The Queen 1926- 2022

9th September 2022

Abbotsford, Ochiltree’s cafe and Sir Wattie’s horsebox will close to members of the public on Monday 19th September to mark the State Funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and allow all members of our staff and volunteer team who wish to pay their respects the opportunity to do so. Our estate will remain open for visitors to enjoy exercise, mindfulness and quiet contemplation. All parking charges have been suspended on this date. Those international visitors and groups who have prior bookings with us have been contacted to discuss their arrangements so that their passengers can remain comfortable and access essential facilities during their travels.

The Abbotsford Trust’s trustees, staff and volunteers are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Her Majesty the Queen.

We want to acknowledge the tremendous privilege it was to welcome Her Majesty to the official reopening of Abbotsford in July 2013 following extensive building renovations and the implementation of a reimagined visitor experience.

Our team were delighted to show just how much Abbotsford had transformed and were tremendously honoured by the Queen’s enthusiasm and interest in our project. We know that the staff and volunteers present on that day will always cherish those memories of meeting a truly inspirational monarch.