Published: Thursday, 8th September 2022
Following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, Councillor Watson McAteer, Convener of Scottish Borders Council, has issued a statement.
Councillor Watson McAteer, Convener
“The passing of Her Majesty is an extremely sad day for the Scottish Borders and the nation as a whole. She has led this country with grace and distinction for 70 years and has been the ultimate ambassador for the United Kingdom.
“On behalf of the people of the Scottish Borders, I will be writing to the Royal family expressing our deep sorrow on the death of Her Majesty.
“It was a great honour and a privilege for the Scottish Borders to host Her Majesty for the official opening of the Borders Railway on the day she became our longest reigning monarch, and it is a memory the many thousands who were there at Tweedbank will cherish.
“Of course, Her Majesty visited the area on many occasions over the years, and will have touched the lives of many people during her reign, from those she met during Royal visits to those who were bestowed with honours.
“My thoughts, and those of many Borderers, are with the Royal family as they grieve for the loss of a mother, grandmother and great grandmother, and our Queen.”