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It is with very great sadness that the National Association of City and Town Sheriffs of England and Wales heard the news of the death of our beloved Queen Elizabeth II

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This is such a sad day for me, the country, the Commonwealth and beyond.

The Queen has been a constant presence in my life (I’m not quite 70!) setting a faultless example as servant of this country and servant to her people.  Our Queen was loved and respected across the Commonwealth and across the world.

Last evening City of Gloucester Shrievalty Association members were gathered together in the Council Chamber for our AGM when the dreadful news was announced that HM Queen Elizabeth II had died. 

Having followed the television news reports all afternoon, listening intently to every small clue and hint from the reporters this did not come as a surprise.  Nevertheless, it was still a terrible shock and extremely upsetting.

I was in the company of our Mayor (Cllr Howard Hyman, Sheriff 2018/19), who immediately gave instructions to lower flags on the building.  These instructions were carried out within minutes.

Although many of us are feeling a great sadness at this time I am sure that just a little thought can recall memories of happier times.  Memories of days of great celebration for our towns and cities as we reflect on the wonderful contribution the Queen has made over the last 70 years, and more.

A personal memory clear in my mind is the wonderful occasion when the Queen and Prince Philip visited Gloucester during my year as Sheriff (2009/10).  Prior to HM Queen Elizabeth II inspecting the new college building I was honoured to be presented to Her Majesty, as was my wife (Cllr Joanne Brown, Sheriff 2022/23). 

I am certain that many NACTSEW members reading this will have similar precious memories and if you are happy to share them on the website, together with photographs, then please do. 

You can either contact me or Xena Dion.

From our Chair, David Brown: