Pay your respects with the online book of condolences for Her Majesty The Queen

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The Gazette is launching a book of condolences for readers and families to share their memories, thoughts and respects for the Queen.

News of his death was announced in a statement on behalf of the Royal Family yesterday afternoon.

A statement read: “The Queen passed away peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon.

“The King and Queen Consort will stay at Balmoral tonight and return to London tomorrow.”

Tim Young, Mayor of Colchester, described Queen Elizabeth as “an exceptional person”.

He said: “On behalf of the people of Colchester, I would like to express my deepest sadness at the passing of Her Majesty The Queen and convey our deepest condolences to all members of the Royal Family at this difficult time.

“Queen Elizabeth has been a faithful servant to this country and has touched the hearts of millions, not just in the UK, but across the Commonwealth and around the world. He was an exceptional person who dedicated his life to his family, his nation and the Commonwealth.”

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Police begin letting members of the public stand at the gates of Balmoral Castle to pay their respects to the Queen.

Several people gathered at the entrance to the Scottish Royal Retirement Park from 6.30am on Friday to lay bouquets of flowers in tribute to the late monarch.

A woman was spotted lighting a candle while others were seen reading personal notes written on the flowers.

The area was blocked off for a period on Thursday evening when members of the Royal Family arrived at the castle as news of the Queen’s death broke.

Messages of thanks for the Queen and condolences to her family were left among the floral tributes from the public at the gates of Balmoral Castle.

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