County councillors will pay personal tributes to the late Queen and pledge their allegiance to King Charles III in a historic meeting this afternoon (Tuesday).
Members of Leicestershire County Council will pledge their loyalty in an address to the King after which a scroll will be signed and sealed and sent to the new monarch.
Councillors will also hear how the county is commemorating the life and death of Queen Elizabeth II and observe a two-minute silence.
This is a historic moment and it’s important for us to come together and recognise the remarkable life of the late Queen and express our gratitude. As King Charles III, starts his reign, we offer him our loyalty and devotion.Person:Nick Rushton, council leader and leader of the Conservative Group
Michael Mullaney, leader of the Lib Dem opposition, said: “All of the county, country and beyond are mourning the passing of Her Majesty after 70 years of diligent service, sacrifice and work for the country and its people. ”
Amanda Hack, leader of the Labour Group, said: “The late Queen dedicated her life to the country and may she rest in peace. Our thoughts remain with King Charles III, and the Royal Family, and we offer the new monarch our support.”
The extraordinary meeting of Leicestershire County Council takes place at 2pm on Tuesday (13 September) – it will be available to watch online.
A book of condolence is open at County Hall – the building is also lit up in purple until after The Queen’s funeral and flags are flying at half-mast.
A new exhibition charting the late Queen’s life and links to Leicester and Leicestershire, commissioned by the Lord Lieutenant, is also available in County Hall for people to come and see.