A message from the Master


The announcement of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Head of State for an extraordinary seventy years, has come as a profound shock. On behalf of the whole Clare community, I extend our deepest sympathies to The King and other members of the Royal Family at this time of immense personal loss.


The College Chapel will be open for private prayer from 9am until 9pm on Friday 9 September. At 1.30pm, the Dean will lead a short Act of Remembrance with a reading, 2-minute silence and prayers in the Chapel, and all College members are warmly welcome to attend.


The University and Colleges of Cambridge have an established protocol for the death of the sovereign, in accordance with official guidance. This protocol is now being followed and the College flag is flying at half-mast as we enter a period of national mourning.


In the coming hours and days, there are very likely to be changes to our usual routines. Further announcements will be made as details become clear.


Loretta Minghella



We are proud to note the contributions of so many alumni to the service of reflection and state funeral: Westminster Abbey’s Assistant Organist Matthew Jorysz (Clare Organ Scholar 2012-2015), Lay Vicars Mark Dobell (Clare 1993) and Jonathan Brown (Clare 1993), and Canon Theologian Revd Dr James Hawkey (Dean of Clare 2015-2018); St George’s Chapel Lay Clerk Richard Bannan (Clare 2001), as well as Chris Webb (Clare 2009) and Edward Ballard (Clare 2005) at St Paul’s Cathedral’s Service of Reflection.