Tributes have been pouring in following the announcement that Her Majesty passed away at Balmoral yesterday (September 8) at the age of 96.
For more than 70 years Her Majesty The Queen served the nation with unfailing dedication and dignity, serving as the constant thread that wove between and connected generations of people.
Hemel Hempstead MP, Sir Mike Penning, said: “I am deeply saddened to learn of the death of Her Majesty. This is an incredibly sad day for all of us.
“Over seven decades as our Queen she dedicated her life to the service of her people and country. Most of us have only ever known one monarch and for the whole of our lives she has provided a reassuring stability.
“She became the longest reigning monarch in British history, and the second in the history of the world.
“At just 21 she pledged that her whole life would be dedicated to the service of the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth which she cherished so much. She faithfully kept that pledge.
“I offer my heartfelt condolences to the Royal Family, who have lost a mother, a grandmother, and a great grandmother. In particular, I send my prayers to the Prince of Wales, who must now assume the role of monarch. I pledge to him my full allegiance and support.
“God save the King.”
Amersham MP Sarah Green said: “As a sign of respect for our time of national mourning I will be postponing my constituency engagements. Private surgery appointments to help people in need will still be going ahead.
“My thoughts are with Her Majesty’s family and all affected by her loss.”
The Mayor of Hertsmere, Councillor John Graham, said: “The councillors and officers of Hertsmere Borough Council are deeply saddened at the news of the death of Her Majesty The Queen.
“I know that our sadness at this time is shared by people across the borough as we remember with affection and gratitude the lifetime of service given by our longest reigning monarch.”
A book of condolence will be opened at Hertsmere Borough Council’s offices, providing an opportunity for the public to visit and write their thoughts and reflections.
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, Mr David Lloyd, said: “In common with fellow Hertfordshire residents, I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth. The country is united in its grief.
“I would like to extend my deepest condolences to members of the Royal Family and to pay tribute to her long life of service built on a firm faith and deeply-held sense of duty. Every one of us has been touched by her life. May light perpetual shine upon her.”