The Daily Telegraph
Queen Elizabeth embodied Britain at its very best – and will be missed throughout the world
SIR – The loss of Queen Elizabeth is a truly deep and palpable one which will resonate through many generations.
She was revered, will be missed by all – and never replaced.
Chris Learmont-hughes Caldy, Wirral
SIR – Queen Elizabeth led by example for more than 70 years, and was adored and respected for her service not only to our country but also to the wider world.
History will remember her with the greatest admiration and affection, and a level of respect unparalleled in the modern era.
Kim Potter Lambourn, Berkshire
SIR – Yesterday our wonderful monarch died.
My husband and I are in our late 70s and we were in tears as soon as we heard the news. The nation has lost its greatest treasure.
Wendy May Hereford
SIR – Like so many, I am devastated by the Queen’s death.
I have loved her for most of my life and learnt to dance round a maypole – incidentally, in the pouring rain – for her coronation.
She has been an inspiration to our country and will be sorely missed.
Jacqueline Davies Faversham, Kent
SIR – God save the King. Hannah Hunt
Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire
SIR – Queen Elizabeth reigned for more than 70 years.
It will take us far longer to understand what we have lost.
Victor Launert Matlock Bath, Derbyshire
SIR – Thank God the Queen made it to her Platinum Jubilee after her faultless service to the nation.
Dominic Shelmerdine London SW3
SIR – Never was a monarch loved so much by so many for so long.
Charles Steward Chippenham, Wiltshire
SIR – What are we going to do without her?
Paul Strong Claxby, Lincolnshire
SIR – We mourn the loss of a remarkable woman.
Queen Elizabeth had the grace and dignity to walk with presidents and world leaders, while having the humour and humility to accompany James Bond and Paddington Bear.
A life of unparalleled duty and service. I am bereft. Enjoy your marmalade sandwich, Ma’am.
Lt Col Matthew Perkin (retd) Morzine, Haute-savoie, France
SIR – “And all the trumpets sounded for her on the other side.” Susan Cokyll London NW1
SIR – No longer a Baby Boomer, I now consider myself an Elizabethan.
David Garnett Northwich, Cheshire
SIR – Now in my 80s, I have been a lifetime admirer of Queen Elizabeth.
At 12 years old in the quadrangle of Christ’s Hospital school, I remember well the very spot I stood on when the death of George VI was announced, and Elizabeth was pronounced his successor.
Subsequently, of course, we all watched the coronation live on a 12-inch back-and-white screen.
A few years later, as a student in 1958, I worked on Derby Day for National Car Parks controlling the field between the station and the course, which I kept closed until the Queen’s coach had driven through.
As I opened the gate to let it pass, she smiled at me.
She has been an unforgettable part of most of my life.
David Hill Lindford, Hampshire
SIR – We hear with great sadness of the death of Queen Elizabeth.
I was just about old enough to remember the street party held on the occasion of her coronation, and she has been a reassuring presence throughout my life. May she rest in peace.
Geoffrey E Pursglove Swadlincote, Derbyshire
SIR – I was born and baptised in the year of Elizabeth II’S coronation.
Born in a prefab, and brought up on a council estate, I had, for 70 years, an abiding respect and admiration for the way she embodied those values of honour, duty and service to the nation and the Commonwealth.
She was, in so many ways, a unique presence in the life of our nation. How we shall miss her.
William Snowden Ilkley, West Yorkshire
SIR – Among the worldwide tributes to our beloved Queen, we may remember also that her sense of duty persisted to the very end. Her constitutional duty was to accept the resignation of her prime minister and to invite the new one to form a government. Nobody else could carry out this action.
Somehow, frail as she was, she found the strength to do it, as her last act for her country.
LF Buckland Iwerne Minster, Dorset
SIR – How remarkable that Queen Elizabeth looked so happy, just on Tuesday, to welcome her namesake, the 15th prime minister in her long and distinguished reign.
How fortunate that we have had a sovereign who has provided such stability to the United Kingdom and Commonwealth during times of great turmoil, not least over the past few years. How fortunate, too, that we have a constitution which allows the seamless and peaceful transition both of head of state and premier.
Despite huge recent political change, and our loss and sadness at the death of our Queen, I believe we can look forward to good times ahead for our great country with Liz Truss and King Charles III.
Tim Coles Carlton, Bedfordshire
SIR – How wonderful that the Queen didn’t really suffer or linger in a way that she would have so hated. Just a small plus on a miserable day for her admirers all around the world.
Caroline Everett Rye, East Sussex
SIR – Much has already been said about the qualities of the late Queen.
Couldn’t they all be summed up in the word integrity, which covers all? This she showed us all her life.
George Watson Woodbridge, Suffolk
SIR – We would all do well to recognise that Queen Elizabeth’s stature globally stemmed not just from her wisdom and integrity but also from the fact that she embodied Great Britain.
Andrew Roberts Oswestry, Shropshire
SIR – Queen Elizabeth was the hub of our wheel, the connection between the axle – Britain and Commonwealth – through the many spokes to the wheel, the outer world.
No matter how fast or manically that wheel spun, or how bumpy the ride, she remained steadfast, dignified, much respected and loved throughout. God speed her on her final journey.
Gerald Lamming Sutton Coldfield
SIR – I must have been about eight years old and was spending the summer with my grandmother at her holiday cabin in the mountains of North Carolina. One day, prevented by rain from going out to play, I discovered a pile of old Life magazines from the late 1940s and early 1950s. One that caught my eye was from June 15 1953. It featured the coronation two weeks earlier of Queen Elizabeth II.
I’m sure I must have known where England was and had heard of Queen Elizabeth. Growing up, as I was in the Episcopal Church, I probably had some vague idea about Westminster Abbey.
As the hours passed and I leafed through that magazine and a few others featuring the new Queen, I fell in love. With England. With monarchy. With pomp and circumstance. And with Queen Elizabeth. I thought she was beautiful. A real queen, not a pretend one.
The next day my grandmother drove me into town, where I bought a scrapbook with some of my spending money. Back at the cabin, I began cutting out dozens of magical photographs of the Queen and of events surrounding the beginning of her reign and pasting them into the book. I think I have it stored away in a box somewhere.
Ever since that day, this American has followed the life of the Queen with a sense of closeness to her, of deep respect for her, particularly for her grace, her sense of duty, her steadfastness, and her deep Christian faith.
How many times I dreamt over the years of meeting her in various settings and having a chat with her about something. Now, I shall never meet her. She is gone, and a special part of my life has gone with her. May she rest in peace and rise in glory. And may King Charles III reign long and well.
Albion Land Albondón, Granada, Spain
SIR – My recollection of our late, much loved Queen is of what an excellent listener she was.
On the occasion of our third and last meeting in 2004, she inquired: “Oh, and you still live here?”
“Yes Ma’am”, I replied.
Paul Robinson Berlin, Germany
SIR – I am a Mason, and it is a timehonoured tradition of ours to toast the Queen at our regular Lodge meetings.
We will be proud to do this one last time for the finest monarch of our lifetime, who will be dearly missed.
Kenny Lawn York
SIR – On February 5 1952 I was dining in the mess of HMS St Angelo. In those days, the evening meal in the wardroom was always formal, with the port being passed and the loyal toast drunk. That day I had just bought a car and was short of cash, so for the first time ever I took the option to drink the loyal toast in water. I thereby missed the last opportunity to toast the King in port. Since then I always toasted the Queen in port.
Following the first news from the Palace yesterday, I made sure to have a glass of port to toast Queen Elizabeth for the last time.
My commission must have been one of the earliest signed by Queen Elizabeth. I hope I always served her to my best ability, as she always served me and her subjects.
Lt Cdr Brian Smith RN Dunfermline, Fife
SIR – As an ex-serviceman I was honoured to serve the Queen. I was more honoured that she served me.
Philip Franklin Wellesbourne, Warwickshire
SIR – The Queen’s example will live on. Service was her priority, and it should remain all of ours, too.
Jack Marriott Churt, Surrey
SIR – Watching the news of Queen Elizabeth yesterday became too sad, so I gathered my dogs and we went for a walk in the fields.
The sun shone, a red kite soared overhead and a heron stood on the riverbank watching for passing fish. All seemed at peace before the storm clouds gathered and the rain started.
I hope our Queen knew how much she was loved by the people of her nations and the whole world.
Jocasta Fearn Haywards Heath, West Sussex
SIR – On February 6 1952 I was in the sixth form at Merchant Taylors’ School in Crosby.
I have a vivid memory of the moment we heard during a break in a class that the King had died. I think most of us were shocked when an older sixth-former loudly asserted that it was an opportunity to establish a republic.
When the King’s daughter’s unique 70-year reign ended yesterday, I wondered if there are many current sixth-formers who would express a similar view. Somehow, I doubt it.
John Wolfenden Chester
SIR – Elizabeth II should be remembered as Elizabeth the Great.
Anthony Haslam Farnham, Surrey