Tributes have been paid to Her Majesty, The Queen, following the sad news of her death at Balmoral on Thursday 8th September, by East Lothian Council’s political leaders.

Councillor Norman Hampshire, Leader of East Lothian Council and the Labour Group Leader, said: “It was very sad news to hear of the death of Her Majesty, The Queen. She has been a great servant to our nation and the Commonwealth during her 70 year reign. Her dedication and commitment to our communities and organisations during her long reign has been remarkable. The people of East Lothian have many fond memories of Her Majesty during her many visits to open our new facilities and meet our community organisations. 

“Her death is a great loss to the British people but I am sure King Charles III and the whole Royal Family will continue her dedication to duty across our nation, the Commonwealth and the world.

Councillor Lyn Jardine, Leader of the SNP Group, said: “On behalf of the SNP Group at East Lothian Council, I would like to offer our heartfelt condolences to the family of Her Majesty, The Queen. Her passing is a sad moment for the entire Commonwealth of Nations, if not the world. She has been such a constant and consistent presence in all our lives that her passing cannot fail to touch us all. 

“She was a remarkable woman, who saw such significant change throughout her lifetime. Wisdom and faithfulness epitomised her reign and she will be sorely missed.”

Councillor Lachlan Bruce, Leader of the Conservative Group, said: “Her Majesty’s whole life was given in service to her country, her subjects, her family and to God. With her passing we have lost a constant reassuring presence in a rapidly changing world and we have lost one of the few remaining public figures whose life and worldview were centred purely in service and duty.

“The Scottish Conservative group on East Lothian Council offers its sincere condolences to The King and to the Royal Family at this difficult time for them.”

Councillor Shona McIntosh, Scottish Green Party, said: “The death of a loved one is always a painful experience, and the Queen’s family, and all those grieving her loss, have my sympathy. I hope people take comfort from the fact that she had a long life and a peaceful death, and from the clear demonstration of public affection that has met the news.”



Published: Friday, 9th September 2022