Newry & Armagh DUP Assemblyman William Irwin MLA has offered his condolences to the Royal Family following the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.
Mr Irwin said the news of her passing has been met with palpable grief in the community and said Her Majesty will never be forgotten such was the magnitude of her service.
Mr Irwin commented, “There is palpable grief out in the wider community and speaking to the public it really is so clear just how special Her Majesty was to so many people and just how much our dear Queen will be missed.”
He added, “Her Majesty led an exemplary life of selfless service and duty and what an example she has set for us all to follow. Her lasting legacy will be one of love and dutiful leadership and with a reign spanning 70 years, her influence has been seismic.”
He continued, “To think only a few short weeks ago the Nation came together to celebrate Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee and now we deeply mourn her passing, is certainly even more thought provoking. I know we all share in that sense of completion that Her Majesty was able to enjoy this monumental celebration of her reign back in the early summer. It provides us with so many colourful and enjoyable memories that we will cherish for years to come.”
He concluded, “Her Majesty built her reign on the foundation of the Bible and served with dignity and great faith, her presence will be so sorely missed. Today we pray for the Royal Family as they mourn the passing of a mother, grand-mother and great-grand-mother and I know the nation shares in that grief and will support our Royal Family at this most difficult of times.”