Tributes to Queen Elizabeth II from South Warwickshire
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Stratford MP Nadhim Zahawi said: “Her Majesty’s passing saddens me more than I can say. Mine and my family’s prayers are with her family as she is reunited with her strength and stay, the Duke of Edinburgh.
“Her sense of duty, warmth and obvious kindness made Britain home to me and so many others.
“Throughout my life I have been proud to live in a country that had the privilege of having Her Majesty as its head. But her reach went beyond the shores of this great nation. Her Majesty was – and will always be – a beacon of light in every corner of the globe.
“In this darkest of moments, I take comfort in knowing Her Majesty will ways be with us as long as we uphold the values she exemplified.”
Stratford Mayor Gill Cleeve, on behalf of the town council, said: "It was with the heaviest of hearts and deepest sadness that I learned of the passing of our country’s longest-reigning Monarch, Her Majesty The Queen.
"Queen Elizabeth II, our monarch since 1952, has been an unwavering presence in our lives for up to seven decades. She demonstrated outstanding dedication and selfless devotion to not only to our nation, but also the peoples of the Commonwealth.
"As we look back at her incredible life, we will always remember and cherish Her Majesty’s warmth, wisdom, and compassion.
"The thoughts of the Town Council and the people of Stratford-upon-Avon are with His Majesty King Charles and all the members of the Royal Family as they mourn such a significant loss."
A book of condolence will be open at Stratford Town Hall from today (Friday, 9th September) from 4pm to 6.30pm; and then daily from 9.30am to 6.30pm daily until the State Funeral.
Rev Patrick Taylor, vicar of Holy Trinity Church, said: “The sad news of the death of The Queen is of particular significance for Anglicans in Stratford-upon-Avon as she was supreme governor of the Church of England.
“Queen Elizabeth II lived a remarkable life of service to this nation and her influence across the world has been remarkable. Whilst she was careful not to express her opinions to the public, the one exception has been her willingness to speak about the importance of her personal Christian faith. In 2002 she said, ‘I know just how much I rely on my faith to guide me through the good times and the bad. Each day is a new beginning. I know that the only way to live my life is to try to do what is right, to take the long view, to give of my best in all that the day brings, and to put my trust in God…I draw strength from the message of hope in the Christian gospel.’
“The Queen’s experiences as our monarch across such a span of recent history gave her a unique perspective and wisdom which was of immense value. She displayed a deep understanding of human nature and for her this meant knowing who we are in relation to God. In her Christmas speech in 2011 she said ‘although we are capable of great acts of kindness, history teaches us that we sometimes need saving from ourselves – from our recklessness or our greed. God sent into the world a unique person – neither a philosopher nor a general (important though they are) – but a saviour, with the power to forgive’.
“Elizabeth II consistently and publicly honoured the God she served and was an extraordinary example of joyful, persevering, life-affirming, generous hearted, unstinting, wise service on behalf of others. We give thanks to God for all she was and did.
“May she rest in peace and rise in glory with all the saints.”
A Book of Condolence is available to sign at Holy Trinity Church.
A statement from Stratford District Council said it was saddened at the news of The Queen’s death and offers its condolences to her family and friends at this time.
It added: “The Queen was a frequent visitor to Stratford with her last visit in March 2011 to officially open the transformed Royal Shakespeare Theatre, following a three-and-a-half-year transformation project.
“The district council’s headquarters in Stratford was named after the late Queen Mother, who officially opened it in April 1985 after it bought the premises from NFU Mutual Insurance.
“Following the announcement of Her Majesty’s death, the flag at Elizabeth House was lowered to half-mast and will remain in that position until 8am on the day after the funeral.
“From today (Friday) a public book of condolence will be open at Elizabeth House between 9am and 5pm in the main reception on weekdays.”
There is also an online book of condolence: The Royal Family
The council said those wishing the lay flowers can do so on the Bancroft Gardens around the Swan Fountain. Flowers will be left until the day before the funeral, when they will be moved to the Garden of Remembrance, College Street, Old Town.
Cllr Mark Cargill, chairman of the district council, said: “On behalf of all councillors and officers at Stratford District Council, I wish to express our sadness at the death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. Our thoughts are with the royal family at this sad time.
“I, like many of you, have only ever known one Queen, Queen Elizabeth, which makes her passing doubly sad. Her noble sense of duty and dedication to public service for over 70 years was admired not only in Britain and the Commonwealth but around the world.”
Leader of the district council, Tony Jefferson, said: “This is an extremely sad occasion. Queen Elizabeth’s reign has been the one constant backcloth for virtually all my life, as it will have been for most people. Her Majesty will be sorely missed.”
And David Buckland, chief executive of the district council, said: “On behalf of all of the employees at Stratford District Council, we are deeply saddened by the news of the death of Her Majesty the Queen, and I offer our deepest condolences to his Majesty King Charles III and the royal family at this very saddest of times.”
The Royal Shakespeare Company paid tribute to The Queen yesterday (Thursday) evening. You can read that here.
Stratford-upon-Avon School has lowered its flag. It Tweeted:
Warwickshire County Council leader Cllr Izzi Seccombe said: "It is with great sadness that we have learned today of the death of Her Royal Highness, The Queen. On behalf of the council and the Conservative Group, I extend my sincere condolences to the royal family and express our gratitude for The Queen’s loyalty and service to our country. Her Majesty has provided our country and the Commonwealth with stability and dedicate commitment, for which we are immensely grateful."
Alcester Town Council paid its respects, Tweeting:
Philip Seccombe, Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner, said: "It is with great sorrow that we have learned of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. As Police and Crime Commissioner I want to pass on my deepest condolences to all members of the royal family at this very sad time. I know that people from right across Warwickshire will similarly be holding them in their thoughts and prayers.
“During her long and remarkable reign, Her Majesty showed unstinting and steadfast dedication to public service which will continue to provide a great example to everyone in public life for many years to come. She showed great wisdom and kindness and touched countless people’s lives.
“God Save the King.”
KES headmaster Bennet Carr Tweeted: