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Driffield’s tributes to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight said: “I met the Queen on numerous occasions. When I was Vice Chamberlain of the Royal Household this was often on a one-to-one basis.

“She was a remarkable woman – compassionate, calm, consistent and completely dedicated to serving this country.

“When you meet someone for the first time, your expectations of what they are going to be like are formed by what you already know about them.

“Before we met, like most people, I had only seen the Queen on television, appearing, to me, to be rather dour and serious, so I therefore expected to meet a rather stern and slightly intimidating person, but that was not the case.

“She had a glint in her eye, knew a lot more about me than I expected, and had a tremendous sense of humour.

“After the serious issue of state was dealt with, she was always interested about what was going on in Parliament and was also both charming and amusing.

“In an ever-changing world, she was a constant, but now, sadly, she is gone. I have a deep sense of loss and, like most people I have spoken to, I feel as if I have lost a very close relative.

“As a nation, we were blessed to have her as our Queen. May God bless her and may she rest in peace.

“Long live the King!”

In a joint statement, chairman of East Riding of Yorkshire Council Cllr John Whittle, leader of the council, Cllr Jonathan Owen and the council’s chief executive, Caroline Lacey said: “We are all deeply saddened to learn of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and send our heartfelt condolences and sympathy to her family.

“They are all in our thoughts and prayers at this extremely sad time. She dedicated her life to serving the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth and has been a beacon of hope, stability and unity and overseen many changes during her reign as monarch with unwavering grace and poise.

“As the longest serving monarch she has been an ever-present in most people’s lives and it’s unlikely we will ever witness a reign as long and as glorious again.”

Police and Crime Commissioner for Humberside Police, Jonathan Evison, said: “This is a very sad moment in the history of our nation. I wish to pass my deepest condolences to all members of the Royal Family who are in my thoughts.

“For over 70 years Queen Elizabeth II exemplified public service, she was an inspiration to our country for generations across the Commonwealth and the world.

“As a young man I was proud to play a part at the official opening ceremony of the Humber Bridge by the Queen in 1981.

“I recall the overwhelming show of affection and respect for her on that day, a feeling she encountered wherever she went in her many decades of service.

“She will remain in our hearts forever. Over the coming days I will work with the Chief Constable to ensure that Humberside Police are able to play a full and active part in supporting our communities and keeping them safe during this important time of national mourning.”

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