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Derbyshire mourns the Queen, saying ‘She cared about all of us, and the country grew because of her’

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People of Derby and Derbyshire have been mourning the Queen, with one saying: “She’s always been there, all our lives. I feel lost.” Her Majesty has been remembered in services at Derby Cathedral, at the Council House and by people laying flowers at Cathedral Green.

Books of condolence are being opened at locations across the county as the news sinks in of the death of the Queen, which was announced last night.

This morning, in Derby, Pete held back tears as he spoke of what for Queen meant to him, saying: “She’s been a constant all through my life. It’s like losing a grandparent. She cared about all of us, and the country grew because of her.”

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He continued: “I’m just devastated. I’ve lit a candle. Stood and said a prayer over her picture. I couldn’t believe it yesterday. I was at work, driving around.

“I thought she was wonderful. I don’t think we’ll see anything of her like again. She lived a certain way. She lived to a set standard all her life. Every time we needed her she was there fronting on the TV or the radio.”

Lynne Metcalfe, from Weston-on-Trent, was five when the Queen was crowned in 1952, she said: “I shed a tear last night. I was at home with my husband. I came on the bus this morning. I felt I needed to come and do it.

“She’s been a stalwart. I think she’s been wonderful, I really do. It’s that beautiful smile. She was still smiling on Tuesday, when she met Liz Truss.”

Alan Jenkins, 69, met the Queen when she came to Derby in 1977 for her silver jubilee, he said: “I was in town and an official asked me to stand in front of Bennett’s on Iron Gate to make the numbers up. He told me, if the Queen speaks to you, you answer with ‘Ma’am’.

“Then he said: ‘Don’t stick your hand out to shake her hand.’ So I stood in the queue and she was shaking people’s hands and stopping.

“And then, she slowed down. And I just put my hand out. And she shook my fingers. She said: ‘Do you work here?’ I said: ‘No ma’am’

“She said: ‘oh, I see,’ and carried on walking.

He said Her Majesty has always meant a lot to him.

“I thought she was lovely. She gave her best, didn’t she? With dignity. And everybody had that respect for her.”

Clare Parritt, from Derby, said: “It’s a very sad day. I thought she was an amazing, compassionate and intelligent woman. She was so intelligent and made people so happy.”

Emily, 24, said: “I cried when I found out. I think I made everyone in the house start off. I felt it was a dream but sadly it’s real.”

Amanda, 47 added: “We said in our message sorry for the loss of a beautiful woman. It’s a very sad day. I feel sorry for the grandchildren.”



Mum and daughter Amanda and Emily Turner have just signed a book of condolence and laid flowers
Mum and daughter Amanda and Emily Turner have just signed a book of condolence and laid flowers

Mark Ashford attended one of the Cathedral services and said: “It feels like I’ve lost a grandmother. For me, she was the only stability that the country’s had in many a year. She’s all I’ve ever known.”



People paying tribute the HM Queen Elizabeth at Derby Cathedral following her death
Mark Ashford, 60, had come into town with his wife specifically to pay his respects to Her Majesty

Andrew Naylor, 38, said: “Given her age it’s expected but it’s still a shock… it’s very sad.”



Andrew Naylor outside Derby Cathedral
Andrew Naylor outside Derby Cathedral

Peter Childs, 73, is ex-Army from Normanton and he said: “It’s a sad day. It all happened so quickly. It was only a couple of days ago she was up and about… I think I’ll pop into the cathedral later for the prayers”



Peter Childs, 73, ex-Army from Normanton
Peter Childs, 73, ex-Army from Normanton

Jane said: “We are very sad. We thought we’d like to come and light a candle and lay some flowers.”

Kathleen: “We were both war children. I remember the times she spoke about the war on the radio.”



People of Derby paying tribute the HM Queen Elizabeth following her death
(Left) Kathleen Montague, 89 from Derby. Right Jane Montague, 65, from Little Eaton who works front of house at Sally Montague

Joan Hickling from Hilton said: “It’s what being English is. It’s what our country stands for.

“She’s always been there, all our lives. I feel lost.

“We’re going to Tutbury castle where she planted a tree in 1956, to lay flowers later. I cried all night.”



Joan Hickling, Hilton
Joan Hickling, Hilton

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