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HM Queen Elizabeth has died

Updated: Sep 9, 2022

The Queen has died peacefully aged 96, it has been announced.

In a statement Buckingham Palace said: "The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon.The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow."

Her Majesty visited the Melton Borough on 28th June 1996 to visit the Defence Animal Centre in Asfordby Road, Melton.

The Queen at the Defence Animal Centre in 1996. Photo: Tim Williams

Five pigeons were released conveying the message of Her Majesty's visit to other units of the RAVC. Her Majesty spent some time in the afternoon touring the faculties.

HM The Queen visiting Leicester Cathedral in 2017. Photo: NEMM

Tributes have been paid from across our area.

Chief Fire & Rescue Officer at Leicestershire Fire & Rescue Service said issued a statement following the news.

It read: "I speak on behalf of Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service when I say we are all deeply saddened to hear of the death of Her Majesty The Queen.

“Her Majesty dedicated her life to the service of this country and was hugely respected by people all over the world.

“As a mark of respect, during the period of Royal mourning, the Union and Service Flags on all Service buildings will be half-masted.

“Our sincere sympathy goes out to all members of the Royal family.”

Rutland and Melton MP Alicia Kearns said: "We are united in our grief at the loss of Her Royal Highness, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

She was a steadfast presence in our lives. Reassuring in her constancy, and heartfelt in her dedication to our nation. We loved her for her sense of duty to our communities and the crown.

With her husband Prince Philip by her side she was our longest serving monarch, and her leadership has shaped not just our country but so much of the world.

Queen Elizabeth’s presence has been a source of strength for so many, and the end of her reign marks the end of a truly extraordinary second Elizabethan era.

Thank you ma'am."

Ragdale Hall said: "Ragdale Hall Spa and all it's staff would like to express our deepest sympathy at the sad passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

She was a remarkable woman and her legacy will live on."

Football clubs from our area have also paid tribute to the monarch.

Leicester City Football Club said: "It is with the deepest sorrow that the Club has learned that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has passed away.

A much-loved and respected figure around the world, Her Majesty was the longest serving monarch in the country’s history. Her unwavering devotion to a life of service has been an inspiration to the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth throughout her historic reign. Everyone at Leicester City Football Club offers their profound sympathies to the Royal Family at this time of national mourning."

Over the border at the City Ground Nottingham Forest said: "Everyone at Nottingham Forest is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

The club would like to send its condolences to all members of the Royal Family at this sad time.

May she Rest In Peace."

Mark Andrews Chief Executive of Rutland County Council said: "The thoughts of everyone at Rutland County Council are with the Royal Family following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. We have lost a much-loved Monarch and Head of State who came to symbolise so much of what is considered great about our country"

Temporary Chief Constable Rob Nixon from Leicestershire Police said: “The loss of the Queen is keenly felt by my officers and staff. For those of us who have sworn an oath, this is a poignant day.

“Our ability to serve the law is down to our constitutional monarchy and we have been proud to serve during her remarkable reign."

A flag at half mast at Melton Borough Council's Parkside building. Photo: NEMM

The Mayor of the Borough of Melton, Councillor Alan Hewson said, “It is with great sorrow that I must address the recent and sad news of the passing of Her Majesty the Queen.

“Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has dedicated her life to the service of our country and the rest of the Commonwealth. Throughout her reign Her Majesty had provided our country with a strong and stable presence through some significant and challenging times, adapting to the ever-changing world around us. Her loss will be felt around the world and my thoughts and prayers are with her family and those closest to her.

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