The Mayor of Kirklees, Clr Masood Ahmed, has sent a message of condolence on behalf of the people of Kirklees to the Royal Family following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Clr Ahmed paid tribute saying: “I’m sure the people of Kirklees will, like me, wish to express our condolences to the Royal Family at this sad time.

“Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was this nation’s longest reigning monarch and throughout her 70 years on the throne, demonstrated her ongoing love for and dedication to the whole country.

“Her sense of duty never wavered, even in times of personal sadness and illness, and she was respected around the world.

“We were lucky enough in Kirklees to have her visit on a number of occasions and I’m sure that anyone who was able to see her during those visits will remember them for a long time.”

Council leader Clr Shabir Pandor said: “I’m deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

“For most of us, she’s the only monarch we’ve ever known, and leaves such an outstanding legacy.

“I know residents from communities across Kirklees will want to express, and share, their thoughts at this sad moment for our country.”

The council’s chief executive Jacqui Gedman said: “On behalf of everyone at Kirklees Council I would like to offer my deepest condolences to the Royal Family at this time.

“Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has devoted the majority of her life to our country through her royal duties and I’d like to thank her on behalf of Kirklees for everything she has done.”