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** Dear Constituent,
Today, we mourn the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.
This week's newsletter is dedicated to Her Majesty's extraordinary life. My Office will still be working on local issues, but as a mark of respect, I will not be sending any further updates during this period of national mourning.
Below, I have given my reflections on 70 years of unparalleled service. I have also included some images from key moments of Her Majesty's reign, which speak to the impact of her ceaseless dedication to her people.
Thank you, your Majesty.
God Save The King.
A statement from Andrew
For more than 70 years, The Queen has dedicated her life to the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. She has served us with unfailing dignity, honour and compassion. I am profoundly saddened by her passing and wish to send my condolences - and that of the constituents I represent across Denton and Reddish – to the Royal Family.
It is truly staggering when you consider the length and significance of Her Majesty’s reign. The Queen has observed 15 Prime Ministers in office, met countless world leaders, and led the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth through a seemingly ever-changing modern landscape.
Through transformation, turbulence, and the advent of the digital age, Her Majesty has remained a constant guiding light for the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.
The impact of this tireless dedication to her people is beyond measure but can be observed in the depth and breadth of our national mourning.
Queen Elizabeth II: A life of service
Queen Elizabeth II was born in 1926, the first child of Albert, Duke of York (who would become King George VI) and his duchess, the former Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon.
Winston Churchill was once quoted as saying that the young Elizabeth possessed "an air of authority that was astonishing in an infant".
During World War II, Her Majesty joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service. She trained as a driver and mechanic, and was given the rank of honorary Junior Commander soon after.
In November of 1947, Her Majesty married Philip Mountbatten in Westminster Abbey. It would be the beginning of a marriage that would last for more than 70 years.
On the 6th of February 1952, Her Majesty became Queen Elizabeth II following the death of her father King George VI. Her coronation - the first ever to be televised - took place in 1953, where she was crowned in Westminster Abbey.
The Queen oversaw a great period of transition for the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth as many former colonies declared independence. The Queen visited world leaders across the globe, and built a reputation for her tireless work ethic.
Constantly engaged with her people, The Queen made a number of surprise appearances at national celebrations. Her Majesty notably recorded a cameo with Daniel Craig as James Bond for the opening of the 2012 London Olympics, and had tea with Paddington Bear to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee.
Her Majesty served as a beacon through many periods of national turbulence and grief. In 2020, as the Coronavirus Pandemic seperated families and brought the country to a standstill, the then 93 year-old monarch gave a stirring message of reassurance to her people.
Our longest-serving monarch, Queen Elizabeth has left an indelible mark on her nation and the Commonwealth. Her loss is historic, but as we mourn, I turn to her own words for solace:
"Grief is the price we pay for love."
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