“As the rest of the world mourns, we here in the Virgin Islands mourn as well. This Honourable House for some reason has dropped the ball, because we should have had a special sitting for tributes as a House of Assembly to the Queen on her passing,” he said during the continuation of the Sixth Sitting of the Fourth Session of the Fourth House of Assembly at Save the Seed Energy Centre in Duff's Bottom, Tortola today, September 20, 2022.
Hon Fraser added, “I wish to extend condolences to the family, the Royal Family, like everyone else. After all, Madam Speaker, the Constitution says there shall be a legislature and it started with the Queen, that will change to the King,” he added.
Hon Fraser further told the House that the death of the Queen will now change a lot of things in the Virgin Islands.
“It only hit me when I learned that the lawyers that I got so used to being called QC’s have to now be KC’s, and I’m like really?” he said.
Hon Fraser said as Leader of the Opposition, he too will no longer be leading Her’s Majesty’s Loyal Opposition, but rather, His Majesty’s Loyal Opposition.
“So it means that indeed, we should pay special homage to the monarch. Madam Speaker, imagine 70 years, that's more years than a whole lot of people in the Virgin Islands have been on this earth, and it's more years than few people in the Virgin Islands have been on the earth and for all those 70 years, Madam Speaker, you can remember Her Majesty the Queen.
“If you live to be 96 and served for 70 of those 96 years, you can have absolutely no regrets. You could only be referred to as a success,” he added.
Members of the House also paid tributes to the late former legislator Cyril Lewis Walters.