Death of Queen Elizabeth: Hitchin reacts to the sad passing of Her Majesty

By Layth Yousif

8th Sep 2022 | Local News

Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, has died aged 96. CREDIT: ROYAL FAMILY TWITTER ACCOUNT
Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, has died aged 96. CREDIT: ROYAL FAMILY TWITTER ACCOUNT

Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's longest-reigning monarch, has died aged 96.

Buckingham Palace says Her Majesty died at Scottish residence of Balmoral Castle on Thursday afternoon (September 8).

Prince Charles, 73, heir to the throne since the age of three, is now king, and the Duchess of Cornwall is now Queen Consort.

In a statement, Buckingham Palace said: "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."

Hitchin has reacted with sorrow to Her Majesty's passing.

Aged 96, the Queen represented stability and continuity for the United Kingdom, from the early 1950s to the 21st century. Many in Hitchin were also present the day the monarch visited Hitchin's market square during the wonderful summer of 2012.

Long-serving former town centre boss Keith Hoskins MBE shared his grief with Nub News. Mr Hoskins who was awarded the MBE for his services to Hitchin by the Queen back in 2015 spoke moving about his recollections of Her Majesty.

"Hitchin has such overwhelmingly fond memories of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, most recently from her Diamond Jubilee visit in 2012 which occurred on the sunniest of days during her nationwide tour," said Keith.

"The town was absolutely packed and the visit captured on film which can be seen on Youtube.

"But of course, royal connections went back much further than that and there is a picture on file of the young Princess Elizabeth coming out from a shop with her parents in the 1930s. 

"So her ties to the town, which were shared by her mother Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, were strong and she remarked upon them to me at Windsor Castle in 2015 when I was honoured there with an MBE - her affection for Hitchin was obvious."  

Hitchin MP Bim Afolami has expressed his sympathy after the 96-year-old monarch passed this afternoon.

"Earlier this year, people in Hitchin and Harpenden and across the country came together to celebrate Her Majesty's lifetime of public service at the Platinum Jubilee.

"She has served our country faithfully and to the fullest of her ability for seventy years, steering us through good times and bad, and she leaves behind an enduring legacy – both in the United Kingdom, across the Commonwealth and indeed, across the world.

"I know that everyone in Hitchin & Harpenden will join me in sending their best wishes to her whole family at this incredibly sad time. May she rest in peace."

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A selection of Hitchin tweets paying tribute to the Queen

Sam Collins, the Liberal Democrats' prospective candidate at the next General Election also paid his respects

Mr Collins said: "Very sad news indeed. Our area and Hitchin in particular has a special royal connection, so I know her loss will be felt so strongly here. Her service to the nation was tireless."

     

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