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Civic figures in Torfaen pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II and announce a book of condolence will open

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CIVIC figures in Torfaen have been paying tribute to Queen Elizabeth II following the announcement of her death.  The leader of the council also confirmed that a book of condolence will open in Pontypool’s Civic Centre

The late monarch’s death was announced shortly after 6.30pm this evening, Thursday, September 8.

Torfaen MP Nick Thomas-Symonds described being made a member of the Privy Council, the ancient body that advises the monarch, a “privilige of a lifetime”.

The MP said “Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was a shining beacon of stability, a reassuring presence in all our lives” since 1952, when she became Queen, in a world, and country, that has “changed dramatically”.

He said: “Our longest-reigning monarch epitomised the very best of our values: she was selfless, devoted to duty and with a profound sense of public service that will forever be an inspiration to people. For my generation, she was of our grandparents’ age: those who endured the wartime years and whose experience, support and wisdom benefited us all.

“It was a privilege of a lifetime for me when Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II appointed me to her Privy Council last year. Across Torfaen, as we mourn Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s passing, we thank her for extraordinary service, and send our condolences to all members of the Royal Family.”

Lynne Neagle, the Senedd Member for Torfaen and a deputy minister in the Welsh Government, paid tribute to the Queen’s record of service. She said: “I am so sorry to hear of the passing of her Majesty The Queen. Her life has exemplified such extraordinary service and duty. My thoughts are especially with her family at this incredibly different time. May she rest in peace.”

The Leader of Torfaen Council, Councillor Anthony Hunt, said: “It is with true sadness that we receive the news that The Queen has passed away at Balmoral. The Queen has been admired around the world for her sense of duty and devotion to a life of public service. She was an extraordinary woman who lived an extraordinary life; and she gave extraordinary commitment to this country.

“The flags outside Civic Centre will be lowered to half-mast and the council will open a book of condolence in the Civic Centre, Pontypool from 9am on Friday morning.

“The book will be open from 9am until 5pm, Monday to Friday, and will remain open until 5pm on the day following the funeral. On behalf of Torfaen Council I will send our deepest condolences to The King and the Royal Family.”

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Civic figures in Torfaen pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II and announce a book of condolence will open

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