Cllr Bob Todd, Chairman of Edenbridge Town Council has sent a letter of condolence on the passing of Her Late Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II to Sir Clive Alderton KCVO Private Secretary to HM the King Charles III. It reads:
It is with great sadness that I write to pass on thoughts and prayers from Members of Edenbridge Town Council to the Royal Family in memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
The Queen was a truly incredible Monarch of our country and demonstrated extraordinary dedication and commitment to duty throughout her reign. She provided great leadership and continuity, and was admired and loved all over the world. Indeed, in Edenbridge earlier this year residents came together to celebrate Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee with the lighting of a new beacon. It was clear to see how revered she was and the joy she brought to our community – from the children that enjoyed decorating crowns to our older residents that turned out to wave flags and sing together.
You may also be touched to hear of the gratitude of the family of Sir Simon Bland whose funeral took place in the parish Church of St Peter and Paul in Edenbridge on the day of Her Majesty’s passing. In the church’s Book of Condolence they write: “Your long, loyal service to the people of the UK and the Commonwealth countries stretched right through to your last and final engagement – sending your representative to attend the funeral of Sir Simon Bland in this very church on the day you died – as a family we are especially grateful.”
The citizens of Edenbridge will be united with the nation in mourning the loss of our remarkable Queen, and whilst we may not have known her personally, she is held affectionately in our hearts.
Please pass the condolences of the Town Council to HM King Charles III. A Book of Condolence has been opened and will be retained in local archives in due course.
Councillor Bob Todd
Chairman of Edenbridge Town Council