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Special Council meeting pays tribute to Her Majesty the Queen

30 September 2022

Members of Plymouth City Council have agreed a motion expressing their profound sorrow at the passing of Queen Elizabeth II and extend their deepest sympathy to His Majesty King Charles III and members of the Royal Family.

At the special meeting on Friday 30 September, the Council was united in its tributes to Her Majesty – unanimously paying their respects on behalf of the city. Councillors not only shared their condolences, but also their reflections and memories of Queen Elizabeth II.

Lord Mayor of Plymouth, Councillor Sue Dann, who proposed the motion, said:

“It is right that all councillors come together to pay tribute on behalf of the Council and their residents to such a well-loved monarch.

“Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was the paragon of public service ever since her commitment to the British people at the age of 21. Her life was an example to all of us in the Council chamber who have committed to public service by serving the people of Plymouth with duty, integrity, selflessness, objectivity, accountability and stewardship, openness, honesty, leadership and respect.

“She will be greatly missed. This special meeting of the Council has allowed all elected members to pay tribute, and give the official recognition for the love and respect in which Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was held by our city.”

The sole item for debate on the agenda was a motion which stated: 

The death of the Queen Elizabeth II on 8 September 2022 has united people across the country, commonwealth and world in grief.

Her Majesty was welcomed in Plymouth, both as a Princess and a Queen, many times. One of her most special visits to the city was when she opened the Civic Centre in 1962. This was a milestone in the rebuilding of Plymouth after the devastation of the Blitz.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth also unveiled the Sundial in Plymouth city centre in 1988 with Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Armada celebrations. Over her seven-decade reign, she showed unwavering and inspirational dedication in service of the nation and the Commonwealth.

This Council therefore resolves to;

  • give thanks for the exceptional 70 years of service of the late Queen Elizabeth II
  • offer its deep condolences, and those of the people of Plymouth, to His Majesty the King and the Royal Family on the death of the late Queen Elizabeth II
  • express to His Majesty the King our loyalty and our conviction that His Majesty will strive to continue the resolute commitment to the happiness and prosperity of his subjects now and in the years to come.