Yorkshire Post

Burning sense of duty, by MI6 chief


MI6 chief Richard Moore paid tribute to the Queen’s “candour, wit and burning sense of duty”, describing her as “the longestrun­ning reader of intelligen­ce reports”.

As the Commander-in-Chief of the British Military, the Queen was as highly regarded in the armed forces as everywhere else.

Leading the tributes, the head of intelligen­ce agency MI6 said: “On behalf of the officers of the Secret Intelligen­ce Service, I offer my deepest sympathy and condolence­s to the Royal Family.

“Her Majesty the Queen’s long record of public service is unparallel­ed in our nation’s history.

"She was a source of stability, good judgment and wisdom to the United Kingdom for almost seven decades and shepherded us through the most profound of global changes and challenges over that period. We owe a deep debt of gratitude for her unwavering devotion to the United Kingdom and the Commonweal­th.

“Fifteen chiefs of SIS held office during her long reign. Each of us were honoured to oversee the provision of intelligen­ce to the longest-running reader of intelligen­ce reports. In my meetings with the Queen, I was always struck by her candour, wit and burning sense of duty.

“All of us in the service – whether at home or overseas – will take time to mourn her loss and to celebrate her extraordin­ary life of public service.

“We will honour her and remember her legacy, while supporting His Majesty the King in his duties as our sovereign.”

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, formerly known as the Army Benevolent Fund, paid tribute to the Queen, who had been the organisati­on’s patron.

Major General (Ret’d) Tim Hyams, the charity’s chief executive, said: “We are saddened deeply by the death of Her Majesty.

“We were immensely privileged that the Queen succeeded her father as our patron in 1953 and supported the Army’s national charity throughout her reign.”

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