The Queen died Thursday afternoon at Balmoral Castle, aged 96, after spending more than 70 years on the British throne.
Earlier today, the country’s new monarch, King Charles III, was officially declared head of state in a historic ceremony, televised for the first time.
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People from across Leeds laid flowers outside Leeds Civic Hall and signed the city’s book of condolences.
A tribute read: “Dear Royal Family, I am truly sorry for your loss. She will be greatly missed around the world – our thoughts are with you all.
Many of those posting to Leeds City Council’s online book of condolences also shared their hope that she is now reunited with her late husband, Philip, who died in April 2021.
Another tribute read: “I am so sorry for your loss. She will be missed by all of us.”
Queen Elizabeth II has made the trip to Leeds many times and has previously been photographed outside Civic Hall, where flowers are now laid in her honor.
A particularly heartwarming remembrance card referred to the late sovereign as “the mother of the world”.
“To King Charles III and his family,” it read.
“Our deepest condolences on the passing of our dear Queen. She was the mother, grandmother and great-grandmother of the world.
“She will be deeply missed. The Queen touched the hearts of the whole nation.”
The leader of Leeds City Council, Councilor James Lewis, was previously present to pay his respects.