The Northern Ireland Veterans Commissioner, Danny Kinahan, has expressed his sadness at the death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.
He said “On behalf of the veteran community here in Northern Ireland, I would like to convey our deepest sympathies to the entire Royal Family.
“For what has been most people’s lifetime, Her Majesty The Queen has been a steadfast and remarkable presence in her committed and selfless service to the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.
“At the young age of just 25, Her Majesty ascended to the throne to become Queen, and devoted her life to one of service. As a constant in most people’s lives and as the longest reigning monarch in British history, Her Majesty has left behind a momentous legacy. As a veteran, Her Majesty was a person who was involved, very well informed and supportive of the work of the Armed Forces as our Commander in Chief.
“I know that veterans here in Northern Ireland, of all services Navy, Army and Royal Air Force will be deeply saddened by the passing of Her Majesty The Queen.
“Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will be greatly missed. Her legacy in commitment, service, graciousness and leadership will shine as a light in history, and can only inspire those who carry on in public duty.”