The leaders of Wokingham Borough Council’s political parties have spoken on the death of Her Majesty the Queen.
Leader of the Council, Cllr Clive Jones said: “It is so very sad that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has passed away. As a 21-year-old she dedicated her life to the service of our nations and the Commonwealth. She wonderfully kept her promise, an example to so many people.
“She presided over the modernisation of the monarchy bringing it into the modern era. Everyone will have special memories of her reign. Many will remember her opening the Olympic Games in 2012 with James Bond and the celebrations of her 70 years on the throne and her cup of tea with Paddington Bear. Even at 96 she was a thoroughly modern sovereign.
“The thoughts of all generations throughout the UK and Commonwealth and around the world are very much with her family as we remember a much-loved Queen.”
Leader of the Conservative group, Cllr Pauline Jorgensen said: “I would like to join the people of Wokingham Borough in expressing our deep sadness on the death of Her Majesty the Queen. We all owe the Queen an enormous debt of gratitude, she has always been there for us in good times and bad and continued working diligently for her people right up to the end. I will never forget her kindness, her dedication and her lovely smile. May she rest in peace.”
Local Labour leader, Cllr Rachel Burgess said: “As the remarkable reign of an extraordinary woman comes to an end, her life of duty, service and dedication to our country is a shining example to us all. Queen Elizabeth has been a constant, calm and wise presence in our lives for an incredible 70 years, and she was loved and respected the world over.
“She approached her many years of service always with dignity and compassion and so many of us will feel a deep sadness at her passing. Our hearts go out to the Royal Family and our thoughts are with them, and the many, many people whose lives she touched, at this time.”
Leader of the Independents, Cllr Jim Frewin said: “Her Majesty was a truly inspirational example of putting service and duty above oneself. Our Nation is a better place because of her devotion to duty. May she rest in peace.”