Statement from Rupert Matthews, Police and Crime Commissioner for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland
Many have reigned before, although none for as long nor with such refinement, generosity, and stoicism as our esteemed Head of the Monarchy, the late Queen Elizabeth II. Today is a remorseful day; one where we celebrate the life of our much-loved and respected figure, yet dwell in the solemnity of her passing.
Thrust onto the throne and into the limelight at a young age, she conducted herself with wisdom beyond her years and continued the journey with unwavering decorum, navigating enormous social change, soaring highs and devastating lows, both personally and professionally, with intelligence and sanguinity.
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.
Thank you, Your Majesty, for leading us through the good and indifferent times, and for knowing and showing us the way to a good and honourable life. My heartfelt thoughts and condolences go out to the family and those closest to our Queen.
It remains only for me to wish our new Monarch a happy and healthy reign over us. God Save the King.
Posted on Thursday 8th September 2022