Highland Council leaders pay tribute

Organizer Bill Lobban, Provost Glynis Sinclair and Council Chief Executive Donna Manson at the Garden of Remembrance in Inverness. Photo by Sandy McCook

Civic leaders from Highland Council have paid their respects to Her Majesty The Queen by opening a book of condolences at Inverness Cathedral.

A memorial service was held this morning in the capital of the Highlands.

Council organizer Bill Lobban said: “This is an extremely sad day for all the people of the UK.

“Especially those in Scotland, in a place Her Majesty loved so much.

“No one in history has done so much for this country for so many years.”

How can I pay homage to the Queen of the Highlands?

A lone piper played Councilor Lobban, Inverness Provost Glynis Sinclair and Highland Council Director Donna Manson laid flowers outside the cathedral.

All municipal building flags have been lowered and a period of silence will be observed.

Condolence books and gardens of remembrance are now open across the Highlands.

Bill Lobban lays flowers at the cathedral today. Photo by Sandy McCook

Provost Sinclair said: ‘She was certainly a very inspiring woman. My thoughts are with his family today.

Out of respect, the council will only conduct essential business meetings during the period of mourning.

The Board’s website will publish details of these meetings.

Advice on tributes to the Queen will follow

Buckingham Palace can issue advice on floral tributes and cards.

But the public are expected to start leaving them at the Queen’s home in London and Windsor.

The Lobban official said it was an extremely sad day for the UK. Photo by Sandy McCook

It is likely that we will see flowers left in the Gardens of Remembrance in the North of Scotland.

Her Majesty died at Balmoral on Thursday afternoon, surrounded by members of the Royal Family.

She was the longest-serving monarch in British history, guiding the nation through times of turmoil and social change as a “source of stability, serenity and strength”.

The entire royal family – including Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry – traveled to Scotland yesterday to be with the 96-year-old monarch in her final hour.

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