The death of Her Majesty The Queen will be felt in every home across the country and beyond. The affinity, affection, and love with which she was revered will never be matched.
We mourn the loss of our Head of State, our Church figurehead, and our Monarch, but for many of us, the sense of loss is a personal one. Queen Elizabeth II touched us all; she gave us strength in our arm in times of turmoil and hope in our hearts when we needed her most. The legacy she leaves after 70 years on the throne will always endure.
Her Majesty was no stranger to our community in Edgbaston. She visited our constituency throughout her reign, with notable visits to the University of Birmingham to see first-hand new buildings in 1963, commemorate the University’s Centenary in 2000 and unveil a commemorative plaque at the opening of the new Birmingham Dental Hospital and School of Dentistry in 2015.
At an official ceremony at the new Queen Elizabeth Hospital in 2012, joined by her devoted husband Prince Philip, she named the Hospital in her Mother’s honour, following in the footsteps of the Queen Mother, who had done the same in 1939.
Her Majesty bound us together; in our local communities as we enjoyed Jubilee celebrations, but also to our Nation and to our Commonwealth Family. The passing of the Queen’s Baton through Edgbaston just a few short months ago ahead of the Commonwealth Games, reminded us of the connection we share, through Her Majesty, with 56 nations across every continent of the Commonwealth.
It seems a fitting tribute to our Sovereign who so loved nature and the outdoors, that thousands of trees planted for the Queen’s Green Canopy will grow tall in her honour. From Moorpool to Quinton Recreation Ground, our school grounds to our gardens, this royal forest will mark her reign for generations to come.
The Queen dedicated her life to our service with an unwavering sense of duty and devotion.
On behalf of Edgbaston Conservative Association, I extend our deepest condolences to His Majesty, King Charles III and the Royal Family.
May she rest in the eternal peace she so richly deserves.
God Save the King.