We join the nation in paying tribute to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II

Image: Queen Elizabeth II

Published: 9 September 2022

Liz Davenport, Chief Executive, Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, said: “It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of Her Majesty the Queen. We will be writing to the Royal Family to share our deepest sympathies at this sad time.

“As the Queen of Britain and the Commonwealth, she was the longest serving British monarch in history, and her dedication and service was unparalleled. She was also a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, and we know her loss will be felt keenly both her family and by many people, who admired her commitment and service.

“Her Majesty’s life has exemplified leadership at its best, showing a sustained commitment to duty and service, and speaking to us and for us at times of crisis and challenge, most recently throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout her life, she has been a source of support and inspiration for the NHS and the nation – most recently awarding the NHS the George Cross.

“She has led the way in adapting to changing times, embracing the opportunities offered by new technology to connect with people in different ways – from supporting the broadcasting of her coronation ceremony on television in 1953, to sending the first email from a head of state in 1976, to using video conferencing apps to meet virtually with people across the world over the few past years.

“Following the announcement by Buckingham Palace, we raised and lowered the flag in the Rose Garden at Torbay Hospital as a mark of respect. The flag will remain at half-mast until after the funeral.

“We know that the death of a national figure can have a significant impact and some of us may find ourselves becoming overwhelmed with our own memories of personal loss or grief. Cruse Bereavement Care offers support for adults and children – more details of the service can be found at www.cruse.org.uk

Sir Richard Ibbotson KBE, CB, DSC, DL, Chairman, Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Our thoughts are with the Royal Family following the announcement of the death of Her Majesty the Queen.

“As the first full-time female Royal in the armed services, Her Majesty the Queen joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) in 1945. She had strong connections to Devon, particularly through our county’s proud military tradition, with a special connection to Dartmouth where she met her late husband, HRH Prince Phillip, while he was serving as a cadet at Britannia Royal Naval College. Her devotion to civic duty and public life will be greatly missed.”