The Queen has died aged 96 – reaction and tributes from Derbyshire

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The country is in mourning following the announcement of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II today, Thursday, September 8, 2022, at the age of 96. The Queen was the longest-living and longest-reigning British monarch, and also the longest-serving female head of state in history.

Millions of people across the world, including those in Derbyshire, which she visited on many occasions, have begun to express their shock and sadness at the news. The statement from Buckingham Palace reads: “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”

Born in Mayfair in London on April 21, 1926, she was the oldest child of the Duke and Duchess of York, later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. She was educated privately at home and began to undertake public duties during the Second World War, serving in the Auxiliary Territorial Service.

In November 1947, she married Philip Mountbatten, a former prince of Greece and Denmark, with whom she had four children: Charles, Prince of Wales; Anne, Princess Royal; Prince Andrew, Duke of York; and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.

The young Princess Elizabeth was 25 when she came to the throne following the death of her father and became head of the Commonwealth.

Her long reign, which surpassed that of her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria, on September 9, 2015, has seen the UK joining Europe and withdrawing from it, the Troubles in Northern Ireland and devolution in the UK.

The Queen’s fortitude in the face of the divorces of her children and the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, earned her much respect across the country and the world.

Every time she took part in a visit or tour, thousands of people would turn out to see her, including for her Silver Jubilee in 1977, when she came to Derby to confer city status on it.

She also visited at the time of the Golden Jubilee in 2002.

The Queen’s name is on many plaques after she officially opened a large number of buildings across the county including the Royal Derby Hospital, Derbyshire police headquarters at Butterley and of course Pride Park Stadium in 1997 – the only time she has officially opened a football stadium.

The loss of her husband of almost 74 years, the Duke of Edinburgh, who she said was her “strength and stay”, was a blow to her but she threw herself back into royal engagements once the Covid pandemic would allow.

Follow our updates below as we bring you reaction and tributes from across Derbyshire.

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