No words can match the enormity of the legacy left by Her Majesty the Queen.
Her Majesty represented, symbolised and guided our country through 70 years of change and did so with such faithful dedication. She was loved not just at home, in her Realms overseas and the Commonwealth but throughout the world.
A person of courage, quiet faith and unstinting commitment, Her Majesty promised to devote her life, however long or short, to our service. For the vast majority of us we have known no one but Her Majesty as our Sovereign: an ever present fixture of our national life from her time in uniform beside her father, His Majesty King George VI, in wartime service to rallying the nation during Covid.
Her death will be felt as a very real personal loss to so many around the world but most of all to her family.
Her Majesty made so clear in her Diamond Jubilee celebrations the pride and confidence she felt in her son the then Prince of Wales and grandson, the Duke of Cambridge, our duty and heartfelt thoughts are with His Majesty the King and all members of the Royal Family tonight.
I note that the Parish Church of St Mary, Horsham will be holding a brief service of prayer and thanksgiving at 11am on Friday 9th September and at 11am on Saturday 10th September. In the days ahead I am sure there will be many occasions formal and informal for those of all faiths and none to mark the passing of a extraordinary person, our late Sovereign Lady, Queen Elizabeth.
God Save the King