The Chair of Kent County Council, Mrs Lesley Game, has expressed the deepest sympathy of the Members and officers of Kent County Council to the Royal Family on the sad passing of Her Majesty the Queen.
The Chair said: “I know that the Members and officers of KCC and the people of Kent will share the sense of deep loss and sorrow being felt all over the world at the passing of such an eminent patriot. Her Majesty’s life has been devoted to the service of her country and the Commonwealth as well as an abiding advocate of peace and the importance of nations working together.
“She has been our great constant. Throughout her 70-year reign, while every aspect of our lives has changed, her dedicated duty, her decency and her dignity have provided an unending source of stability, reassurance and comfort.
“We offer our most sincere condolences to the Royal Family at this most difficult time and will mourn the loss of our Head of State, great Ambassador for the United Kingdom, unifier of the Commonwealth and a remarkable leader admired and revered across the globe. Her place is surely secured as one of the greatest monarchs in history.”
From today, a period of national mourning has begun and will continue for 10 days until the day of the funeral.
The flag at County Hall has been lowered to half-mast.
We know that many of you will wish to pay your personal tributes to Her Majesty The Queen and a book of condolence will be opened at County Hall. More details will follow soon.
You can also sign the online book of condolence at https://www.royal.uk/ or send your tribute by post to KCC to the following address:
The Civic Office, Sessions House, County Road, Maidstone ME14 1XQ.
Please include your address and a telephone number if you are sending a written tribute for us to add to the online book of condolence.
The government will issue guidance for the public, organisations and businesses for observing the period of mourning.