Following the sad passing of HM Queen Elizabeth II, our Moderator has released the following statement.
On this sad night for our nation, we remember the long years of service devoted to our country by our late Queen Elizabeth II. We thank you for the high quality of commitment and service to which she dedicated her life.
At this time, we pray for those who will miss her the most. Members of her family and household who spent the most time with her and while we mourn her loss as monarch, they will feel deeply the loss of a mother, grandmother, great grandmother, friend and employer.
May those who remain emulate her qualities and respect her example and be worthy of her legacy.
Watching all the tributes to her late Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, I notice one who crops up is Paddington Bear. I know another childhood bear who would have loved, honoured and missed her, if only he could have got his brain round the concept. It's very big for a little brain to take in.
His friend, Christopher Robin, once went down to Buckingham Palace with his nanny, Alice. I thought of altering the words, slightly, then thought A.A. Milne says it all.
"They looked for the Queen, but she never came,
May God take care of her all the same, says Alice".
On this day, the last, when her remains will see daybreak and sunset, so say all of us.