Education Minister Michelle McIlveen has spoken of her sadness following news of the death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.
Minister McIlveen said: “I was profoundly saddened to learn of the death of Her Majesty The Queen. This is a deeply distressing day for our nation as we come to terms with the loss of our monarch.
“Her Majesty was a champion of education and an impeccable role model for children and young people across Northern Ireland. She has been a tremendous source of inspiration, hope and joy across many generations. This was abundantly clear as schools across the country celebrated and paid tribute to the Queen on the occasion of her historic Platinum Jubilee a few short months ago.
“A most gracious and steadfast leader, we shall miss Her Majesty immeasurably.
“My sincere condolences to His Majesty The King and all our Royal Family as they mourn this terrible loss.
“God save the King.”