Statements released by Temporary Chief Constable and Police and Crime Commissioner following today’s announcement of the death of Her Majesty The Queen.
Temporary Chief Constable Rob Nixon said:
“The loss of the Queen is keenly felt by officers and staff here at Leicestershire Police and for those of us who have sworn an oath, this is a very poignant day.
“Above all else, our ability to serve the law is down to our constitutional monarchy and we have been proud to serve Queen Elizabeth during her remarkable reign.
“She has visited our city many times and each time we have been honoured to welcome her here. It has been our privilege to welcome her and provide policing support for her visits.”
Police and Crime Commissioner Rupert Matthews:
“This is a very sad day for us all.” Her Majesty’s kindness knew no bounds, even complimenting me on my rather suspect brown suede and corduroy jacket as I stood in the crowd outside Windsor Castle for her Silver Jubilee in 1977.
"From charity work, hosting and guiding Heads of State, to a wide array of other public and voluntary engagements, Her Majesty’s sense of duty and devotion to a lifetime of service are qualities to be admired and adorned upon ourselves so we can be and do better in our lives. Quite simply, The Queen has been the strength and stay of our nation for generations, and we owe her a debt of gratitude greater than she would have ever claimed."
The Lord-Lieutenant will publish further information about how the city and county will be marking The Queen’s death, and how local residents are able to join in this collective mourning. Please do direct the public to this website; this local information will available soon at: www.leicestershire.gov.uk/TheQueen
Further information about national events is also available on the Royal website www.royal.gov.uk
HM The Queen in Leicester for the Maundy service in 2017 - Photo taken by Will Johnston