The Queen

The Lord Mayor of Westminster and the council leader both paid tribute to Her Majesty the Queen.

A statement on behalf of the Council Leader, Adam Hug, described the Queen as an “inspirational figure” and her passing as “everyone’s loss”.

Queen Elizabeth II passed away peacefully at Balmoral Castle yesterday afternoon.

In his statement, Mr Hug said: “Her Majesty the Queen was an inspirational figure whose life of service guided our nation through some of its most challenging times.  

“Her wisdom and ability to connect with people from all walks of life was unique. The City of Westminster mourns with the Royal Family for what is everyone’s loss.  

“As home to Buckingham Palace, we have always felt a special link with the Royal family. Over the coming days we will support residents, and the many expected visitors, in paying their respects in an appropriate way. “

Hamza Taouzzale, the Lord Mayor of Westminster, also published a statement of condolence saying:

“The Lord Mayor, on behalf of Westminster City Council and the entirety of the City of Westminster, would like to express his deep sadness on the tragic passing of Her Majesty The Queen. 

The Queen served this nation dutifully for seven decades, leading us through good times and bad, with the same good grace, steadfastness and devotion throughout. Her Majesty’s example is one to be looked up to with admiration by so many, at home, abroad and throughout the Commonwealth.  

As Head of the Commonwealth and through her countless visits to countries in every corner of the globe, Her Majesty was the premier ambassador for the United Kingdom. The Queen also was an impeccable host, using Buckingham Palace and other Royal residences to welcome dozens of visiting heads of states, showcasing the best of Britain. 

Here in Westminster, myriad past Lord Mayors of Westminster met The Queen at a host of events, from State Banquets to community engagements and her much loved Garden Parties. I know each and every Lord Mayor was touched by Her Majesty’s devotion to her people and commitment to this country.  

Flags will be flown at half-mast on Westminster City Council buildings and Books of Condolence will be opened throughout the City for residents, councillors, staff and visitors. 

The Lord Mayor will be cancelling a number of events as a mark of respect, and those going ahead will begin with a period of silence. 

Thank you.”

The new King Charles III is expected to address the nation for the first time today after an audience with Prime Minister Liz Truss.

12 days of national mourning are expected to follow, culminating in the Queen’s funeral, which is expected to be declared a Bank Holiday.

Main image: Flickr/Home Office.

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