Buckinghamshire has paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II.
Queen Elizabeth II died peacefully on Thursday 8th September 2022 surrounded by her family at Balmoral Castle in Scotland ending the longest reign in British history.
The Countess Howe, His Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire, issued a message which said: ‘Following the death of Queen Elizabeth the Second, I offer on behalf of Buckinghamshire residents my sincere condolences to His Majesty The King and to all the members of the Royal Family.
The remarkable 70-year reign of the late Queen has been characterised by her devotion to duty in the service of her people. Her deep affection for the Commonwealth, and her extraordinary capacity to act as a global leader have given rise to expressions of admiration, affection and condolence from all over the world.
We shall remember Her Majesty for her special qualities; her empathy, her humility, her wisdom and her faith. She provided stability and continuity in an ever changing world and gave encouragement and support to so many during periods of adversity.
We honour and celebrate Her Majesty for her dignity, her grace and above all her constancy. She had an unfailing sense of service and duty which endured to the end. We have lost a true servant of this country and the Commonwealth, and our grief knows no bounds.
We extend our deepest sympathy to His Majesty as we each hold in our hearts our own memories of the greatest servant of our nation.‘
In a statement from Buckinghamshire Council, Cllr Dev Dhillon, Chairman of Buckinghamshire Council, said: ‘It is with great sadness that Buckinghamshire Council hears of the death of Her Majesty The Queen. We send our deep condolences to the Royal Family on behalf of the residents of Buckinghamshire.
Her Majesty’s reign witnessed many milestones in the history of this country and the Commonwealth and more changes in the way we live our lives than any previous reign. We express gratitude for Her Majesty’s life of dedication and service to the British people.‘
The Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police, John Campbell, QPM, issued a statement which said: ‘It is with great sorrow that we have learned this evening [8th September 2022] of the death of Her Majesty The Queen.
The Queen has ruled for longer than any other Monarch in British history and Thames Valley Police has had the privilege of protecting The Queen whilst in residence at Windsor Castle.
Moreover the Force has a long and proud history of policing Royal events from the annual Windsor Garter Ceremony, The Queen’s 90th birthday, Jubilee celebrations, and the funeral of His Royal Highness Prince Philip.
On behalf of the whole of Thames Valley Police, I offer our deepest condolences to all of the Royal Family and members of the Royal Household.
It has been the Force’s honour to serve Her Majesty.‘
*Source of article : The Lord-Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire, Buckinghamshire Council and Thames Valley Police.