“A lifetime of immense and constant service” – West Highland Free Press – www.whfp.com

Tributes have poured in from prominent figures in the West Highlands and the Islands after the death of Her Majesty The Queen on Thursday.

Prominent personalities from the West Highlands and the Islands expressed their sadness, respect and honor as they offered their condolences following the death of Her Majesty The Queen, who passed away peacefully on Thursday afternoon (8 September) at her Scottish estate of Balmoral .

Queen Elizabeth II has died aged 96 after serving as the UK’s longest-serving monarch, reigning for 70 years.

The Queen’s coronation took place on June 2, 1953 following her accession on February 6, 1952. Fifteen British Prime Ministers ruled the country during Her Majesty’s seven-decade reign, ranging from Winston Churchill to Liz Truss, who became the 56th Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. , was asked to form a new government by the Queen at a meeting at Balmoral on Tuesday.

Among those leading the tributes from across the Highlands and Islands was MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber, Ian Blackford, who said: ‘My thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences go out to the family of Her Majesty the Queen.

“People across Scotland, the UK and the world will mourn the loss of Her Majesty.

“The Queen has been a constant figurehead throughout our lives and she has shown an inspiring commitment to the values ​​of leadership, duty and service throughout her long reign.

“In the period ahead, it will be time to reflect on the incomparable legacy and impact the Queen has had on these islands, our history and world events.

“At this time, my thoughts are with his family, who most importantly lost a cherished mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.”

Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch MSP, Kate Forbes echoed Mr Blackford’s sentiments, she said: ‘The passing of Her Majesty The Queen is deeply sad news, and my immediate thoughts are with her loved ones who are now grieving the loss of a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother as well as a monarch.

“The Queen exemplified resilience, fidelity, humility, respect and grace – values ​​to be celebrated, cherished and aspired to. She lived a life of immense and constant service from start to finish.

“As the Prime Minister has said before, this is a deeply sad moment for the UK, the Commonwealth and the world.”

Rhoda Grant, MSP for the Highlands and Islands, added: “I am saddened by the passing of Her Majesty The Queen and offer my deepest condolences to the Royal Family and those who worked closely with her.

“Her Majesty has been at the forefront of British culture for 70 years. She was stable in the face of political upheaval and represented a comforting consistency to people across the Commonwealth during turbulent times. She will be greatly missed and will leave a lasting legacy of patience, practicality and humour.

Meanwhile, at Highland Council venues, all flags have been lowered to half-mast and a period of silence will be observed, in accordance with national protocol.

As a mark of respect and in line with national guidelines, the Council will only hold essential Highland Council business meetings during the period of mourning.

Highland Council leader Councilor Bill Lobban expressed his deepest condolences to the Royal Family, he said: ‘On behalf of Highland Council and Highland communities, we join the nation in mourning Her Majesty the Queen. We express our heartfelt condolences to all members of the Royal Family and Household and honor Her Majesty The Queen’s long service and duty to the country. »

Condolence books and gardens of remembrance are open in locations across the Highlands – details of which can be found at Highland Council website.

On Friday morning, Skye and Raasay members of Highland Council held a short ceremony in Somerled Square in Portree where a minute’s silence was observed.

A garden of remembrance was created for people to pay their respects, in which Councilor Calum Munro laid a wreath. A book of condolences will be placed in the bedroom of Tigh na Sgire in the capital of Skye

Skye and Raasay’s advisers Calum Munro, John Finlayson and Drew Millar pay their respects at the Garden of Remembrance in Portree. Photo by Willie Urquhart.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar also expressed her deep sadness at the news of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Flags fly at half mast in all Comhairle offices as a sign of respect.

The Comhairle has opened condolence books in each of its offices in Stornoway, Tarbert, Balivanich and Castlebay for anyone wishing to pay their respects. Please note that condolence books will be open from 1 p.m. today and will remain open during business hours, Monday through Friday.

The Comhairle has designated West Camp in Balivanich, Castlebay Linkspan, the area adjacent to the ferry car park in Tarbert and Perceval Square in Stornoway as suitable areas for laying flowers, should members of the public wish.

Iain Macaulay, Lord-Lieutenant, Western Isles, also wished to express his deepest sympathy to all members of the Royal Family on the sad passing of HM The Queen.

He said: “The Queen has been a beacon of stability over the past 70 years as monarch, providing an outstanding example of service, dedication and Christian faith.

“During this extraordinary long reign, the longest of any British sovereign, the world has seen many changes and his passing will have a significant impact in the UK, across the Commonwealth and around the world.

“In this time of mourning and reflection, we recognize the strong and close bond between HM the Queen and her people. The Western Isles communities remember with great pride the Queen’s visits to these islands in 1956, 1979 and 2002.

He added: “We look back with gratitude and great respect for the Queen’s wonderful achievements during her long reign and offer our support and loyalty to the King.

As a mark of respect, the Camanachd Association and the Skye and Lochalsh Amateur Football Association have both announced that all of this weekend’s brilliant games and events, as well as all football, will be cancelled.

The Kyle RNLI has also decided to cancel its Maritime Day tomorrow (Saturday 10 September) at Kyle of Lochalsh out of respect for Her Majesty.

All parliamentary work has also been suspended.

And The Very Reverend Dr Iain Greenshields, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, issued the following statement on learning of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

“Her Majesty The Queen’s faith, service and devotion have been the hallmark of her long reign. She has been the constant constant in the life of our nation for over seven decades and most of us will have grown up knowing her only as a monarch.

“His thoughtful and relevant Christmas Day broadcasts provided insight not only into his personal faith, but also reflected the changing concerns and attitudes of our country. They were always imbued with a quiet outlook and a great love.

“Tireless in her duty, the Queen has demonstrated a lifetime of selfless devotion. His love for his family was reflected in his love for our nation and the wider Commonwealth.

“Wherever the Queen went, she brought encouragement and appreciation by showing a genuine interest in the people she met.

He ended by saying: “The Church of Scotland appreciated the generous support of Her late Majesty and saw in her private devotion someone for whom faith remained central throughout her long life.

“We send our heartfelt condolences to the King and all members of the Royal Family, assuring them of our prayers and best wishes for the days ahead.”

King Charles – who will be known as King Charles III – will be formally proclaimed monarch by the Membership Council at St James’s Palace on Saturday, according to the Independent

Buckingham Palace said King and his wife, Camilla, now Queen Consort, will return to London today (Friday), where he is expected to address the nation.

On Thursday, the Royal Family released the following statement from His Majesty the King