Health Minister Robin Swann has paid tribute to Her Majesty The Queen following the announcement of her death.
Mr Swann said: “My thoughts are first and foremost with her family at this time, as they grieve the loss of a mother, grandmother and great grandmother.
“This is a very sad and moving day, as we reflect on an incredible life of service, dignity and integrity.
“In July, Her Majesty presented the George Cross to the National Health Services of the United Kingdom. That was a very poignant event and a very fitting tribute. It also provided yet another example of the great leadership which the Queen provided to the nation throughout her long reign.”