The death of the Queen is very sad news indeed.
I am sure her family and loved ones will be in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult and distressing time. She was not only the Queen, she was also a beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
She lived a life of service with quiet dignity and dedication and was held in very high regard by so very many across Scotland, the UK and the world.
In the aftermath of this sad news, we will wish to reflect and remember her devotion to duty and how she was such a constant and mainstay in an ever-changing world. Even following the death of her beloved Prince Philip – her husband of 73 years - her fortitude and deep sense of public duty did not falter.
She will be long remembered with deep affection and gratitude.