The nation is in mourning at the loss of Her Majesty The Queen and it is an extremely sad time.
The Queen has been the strength of the nation. Her 70-year reign means she was the UK’s longest serving monarch and a truly great leader standing out in our long history. She will be fondly remembered by the nation, long into the future.
Her Majesty The Queen was driven by her sense of duty which remained right to the end. Throughout her long reign she has been the symbol of stability and stoic through difficult times. Her smile and gentle humour brought warmth to many formal occasions.
My thoughts and heartfelt sympathies are with the Royal Family at this time. I know they will take comfort in the reaction and support from the public both here and across the globe.
Thank-you Queen Elizabeth II.