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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 21 April 1926 to 8 September 2022

We are deeply saddened at the news of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

The Chief Fire Officer of Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Chief Executive of Central Bedfordshire Council, as Clerk to the Lieutenancy, and on behalf of HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, the High Sheriff of Bedfordshire, the Mayors of Bedford and Luton Borough Councils, the Chairman of Central Bedfordshire Council and Councillors and Officers of all three Authorities and Bedfordshire Police, are deeply saddened at the news of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Our thoughts and heartfelt sympathy are with the Royal Family at this time.

Flags will be flown at half-mast on Service buildings and at Fire Stations during the mourning period as Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service remember the 70-year reign of our monarch.

Chief Fire Officer, Andrew Hopkinson said ‘I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, who has been such an inspiration to so many during her historic 70-year reign as our beloved monarch.

On behalf of all of us at Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue Service, may I extend our deepest condolences to His Majesty, King Charles III and to all members of the Royal Family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this moment of such great sadness.

Books of Condolence will be opened at 9:00am tomorrow morning (09/09) at various locations throughout the county, including the main reception areas at the Bedford Harpur Suite, Luton Borough Council and Central Bedfordshire Council. Offices at Council buildings will remain open from 08.00hrs – 17.00hrs until the day after the funeral.