Book of Condolence for Her Majesty the Queen

The book of condolence is now closed.

Tributes paid to The Queen are available to read below:

Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Scott CarsonI am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Her Majesty The Queen. I would like to convey our deepest sympathies to the entire Royal Family at this time. The Queen has served the UK and the Commonwealth with integrity and grace over the last 70 years. She visited the Lisburn Castlereagh council area on many occasions during her reign. Her first visit to Lisburn was in July 1953 as part of a three day state visit to mark her Coronation, when she was accompanied by the late Prince Philip. As a regular visitor to Hillsborough Castle, the Royal residence in Northern Ireland, The Queen hosted garden parties and receptions while using it as her base to travel across Northern Ireland. The Queen is an inspiration to many generations as she has worked with her family to ensure the Monarchy remains progressive and helps to build peace across the world.
David Burns, Chief ExecutiveMy deepest sympathies to the entire Royal Family on the passing of Her Majesty The Queen, Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen officially opened the council’s civic headquarters at Lagan Valley Island in 2001 alongside Freeman of Lisburn & Castlereagh City, Jim Dillon MBE JP. She also granted city status to Lisburn in 2002. In 2021, the council was delighted to have received Royal Status for Hillsborough and in October Royal Hillsborough received its Letter Patent.
Ruth McLaughlinRest in Peace Your Majesty, thank you for your service, there will never be another like you
Mrs stacey mckeeHeartbroken at the loss of our queen our longest reigning monarch our shining light may ur family have the strength to get through these days ahead. You will be sorely missed. We welcome our new King Charles lll and offer him our condolences. Long live the King. X
Daphne AllisonYou were a wonderful lady and served us well. Sleep tight your majesty ❤️
Jessica Odell, MSc (Hons), BSc (Hons)I became a full British Citizen only a handful of years ago, but grew up with the Queen being always known as a strong and respectful leader. My deepest condolences to her family. We may have lost our Head of State, but they have lost a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
Jennifer PalmerMa’am you were more than our Monarch! You were and are our Queen of hearts our Matriarch our head of families across the Nation! Our hearts are broken May you rest in peace. God save the King
Stacey MillingDeeply saddened and grateful at the same time. Grateful to have been alive to watch the Queen in action, to be in London at the time of her platinum jubilee. She was some woman for one woman. A woman who dedicated her entire life to serving her nation, what an inspiration. Now Queen Elizabeth II can rest easy with her husband by her side. ❤️
Jacqueline ToomathOur beautiful queen will be sadly missed now back in the arms of her loving husband
Allen PootsSuch a beautiful lady thanks for everything ❤
Heather MarsdenRest in peace your Majesty! Thank you for your many years of service! My deepest condolences to your family!
Joel McKeownI am so deeply shocked and saddened to hear the passing of Her Majesty The Queen. Such a lovely wee woman and always smiling not to mention the funny side to you aswel. You done Britain proud and a massive gap will appear with you not here no more... You are now reunited with your loving husband Your duty is done...
Jade HughanRest in peace her majesty, thank you for your amazing service.
Louise McDermott Rest in Peace Your Majesty, thank you for your service, there will never be another like you. Now back in the arms of your loving husband. May you rest in peace.
Paul HaimThursday 8th September will always be remembered as the day the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth lost the longest serving Monarch in history. I would like to think that Her Majesty has been reunited with her mother and father, her sister and most importantly her beloved Phillip. Your duty is now done and it's time for you to rest. Thank you for all you sacrificed in your 70 years as Monarch to be our figure head. Rest Peacefully
Florence WilsonGod bless our Queen and thankyou for all her services.
Jo McCue My sincere condolences to The Royal Family on the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. I thank her for her service, her compassion and her devotion to her people. Long Live The King
Lindsey Johnson Thank you for everything ma,am may you rest in peace ❤️ Your king awaits you at the gates your duty is done you done us proud
Samantha Kirkwood The nation will never forget our Queen, 70 years on the throne is pure dedication may she rest in peace x
Karen coleSo sad to hear the passing of Queen Elizabeth II my thoughts are with the family .R.I.P you done are country proud you can rest now
Jordan mcgrogan Thank you for everything your Majesty, thoughts are with your family and the rest of the United Kingdom at this difficult time
Carol HaimYou will be sorely missed Ma'am. Deepest sympathies to the Royal family at this sad time.
Valerie King My deepest sympathy to the Royal family. Heartbroken to hear this news. Thank u your Majesty. You will be sorely missed
Linda-Jane ChambersRest in peace your Majesty, you where a wonderful woman, Thank you for your service. Sleep tight
Lisa Keatings RIP Queen Elizabeth ll you have done our country proud always in our hearts. My sympathy goes to all the royal family.
Glenn DaltonMy sincere condolences to the Royal family and all citizens of Great Britain. I had the privilege of serving her majesty in HM forces and so the passing of our beloved Queen has hit me very hard. The love and admiration for Queen Elizabeth knows no bounds and her Majesty will be sorely and forever missed by the nation. We love you Queen Elizabeth II Glenn Karl Dalton
Dianne WilsonRest In Peace our most gracious Queen, you served us with such excellence and dignity for 70 years, and we thank you with all of our hearts. Long live the King!
Marites GacusanaRest in peace my Queen! Thank you for the great nation we lived in because of you! You will be dearly missed.
Niall Irwin Proudly served you your Majesty. MAYYou RIP
Michelle BarnesMay you Rest in peace. Such an amazing lady. God save our queen.
Lyndsey ShawYou were a true leader to all you will be greatly missed I feel like I’ve lost a part of my family circle until we meet again you are now with your beloved husband RIP Queen Elizabeth we will remember xx
Stephen & Alison Bell Rest in peace
Cathie & aaron garrett & family. Your commitment to the country is done and its time to rest. Back in the arms of your loving husband Phillip. We mourne you as a nation and send our condolences and love to the rest of the Royal family.. Peace, perfect peace. R.I.P Queen Elizabeth ll ❤️
Peter CooperFor 70 years, the Queen was the embodiment of grace and duty, a point of constancy in a changing Britain and a transforming world. A servant to Britain and the Commonwealth, who leaves an indelible mark on our country and the world. May Her Majesty rest in peace.
Smyth HeatherMy condolences to the the royal family and my prayers and thoughts are with you all at this time
Elaine Ann McKenna Dedicated to duty & service. Farewell Ma’am & thank you.
Jennifer TipladyRest in peace your majesty thank you for your service to the country and will always be remembered.
Christine Boe Queen Elizabeth ll, you were thought of very highly and carried out your service as our Queen with such devotion to your country. Your passing comes with great sadness but you will always be remembered for your glorious 70 years in which you lead us as our Queen. Rest easy Ma'am.
Stephen Cromie I swore an oath of allegiance to the Queen in 1979 and she was my Commander in Chief for 40 years. She was the most remarkable lady, my sincere condolences to our new King and the Royal family at this sad time for our Nation. May she forever rest in peace, your service is complete Ma’am. God Save the King
Joy HaydonSo very sad that our Queen has died may she rest in peace She is now with her husband and mother You will never be forgotten
Martin PhillipsRest easy your Majesty, You were our greatest ever Monarch and are going to be sadly missed. You gave your all and We are so grateful for your amazing long life. Long live the King your ever doting son Charles.
Deborah Littler Thank you for all that you did for our country and for your service. You were the only monarch I knew and I am sorry to hear you have passed. God rest our queen, may you rest in peace
Neil TemplePrivileged to have served in your Armed Forces, thank you for service and dedication to our Country and your people both here and around the World. I send my thoughts and prayers to the Royal family at this time. God bless the Queen, God save the King
James & Kelly ShephardThank you Your Majesty for being a constant in our lives. You gave your life to serve us and we thank you may. May you rest in peace perfect peace.
Jamie Wright-BoyceI was completely shocked at the news of the Queen’s passing. There really was a sadness in the air & the world felt a little bit darker. I feel comfort in knowing that the Queen is now with her dear husband Prince Philip, her loving parents King George IV & Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother & her loving sister Princess Margaret. The Queen made an oath to her peoples in 1921 to serve us the whole of her life whether that be long or short & she did just that. I personally can’t Thank the Queen enough for her service to us all. She will be forever known for her kindness & loving nature, especially her love of Dogs & Horses. To me the Queen was the light at the end of the Tunnel through the darkest & hardest of times. The UK & Commonwealth will be forever in her debt. Rest in Peace Your Majesty & Thank You ❤️
Teri BestR.I.P our Majesty Queen Elizabeth Il you be sadly missed by all your family fly high with the angel's
Rest in peace your Majesty thank you for being our Queen you done our country proud you were a lovely lady . Our deepest condolences go out to the Royal family at this very sad time. Sleep tight our Queen ❤
Nicola ParkerSending my deepest condolences to the entire Royal family. Ma'am thank you, for a life of dedicated public service. You were a national treasure, and will be missed by so many. May you rest in peace.
Verna MooreSending prayers and love to the Royal family of the passing of HM Queen Elizabeth 2nd. Long she reigned over us. God Save the King.
Harry Anderson. RIP our glorious Queen. Please lord god I pray that your son King Charles lll will respect Northern Ireland as his mother did, loving Royal Hillsborough and her castle within district council of Lisburn and Castlereagh.
Arlene Anderson God bless the Royal family on the lost of their mother, grandmother, great grandmother. RIP Queen Elizabeth ll. May King Charles lll be a mirror image of your beautiful nature, in his leadership to our wonderful nation. Condolences.
John Burleigh and Charlotte Burleigh Will be greatly missed by our Nation. Served us all with warmth and affection
Fiona AndersonRest in peace Queen Elizabeth you were a truly remarkable woman. One we will never forget ❤️
Shirley Graham To Our Glorious Queen may you now fly with Angel's to you beloved husband and be at peace in Heaven above.
Donna Mawhinney Thank you for your service. Rest in peace our precious queen. God bless
Stefanie DowdsGod bless our precious queen. Thank you for your service. God save the king as he follows in your footsteps
Gail McGivernYour Majesty you have always been someone who I truly have the utmost respect and admiration for. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you have done for this proud nation. Rest in peace now you are back with your beloved husband Prince Phillip. xx God bless you xx
Tanya PorterDeeply saddened to hear of the passing of our Queen such a beautiful lady condolences to the Royal family our hearts are shattered into a million pieces rip your majesty ❤️❤️
Anne HenryA gracious lady who served her people to the end. Condolences to her family and the wider family circle.
Joanne CreaneyJust heartbroken and thought you would live forever. You truly were an exceptional Woman and the mould was broken the day you were born. So thank you Ma'am your duty is done RIP and may Paddington take you to your Prince xxxx
Irene and Amy DoddsRest in peace your majesty, thank you for your service.❤️
Joy Gordon RIP Queen Elizabeth a truely genuine woman who dedicated her life to serving her country. And example to everyone around the world. May she rest in peace finally back with gwr beloved Phillip. God save the Queen
Laura MorrisonThere aren't enough words to express my sadness at your passing. Your devoted service and unfailing duty to this country will never be forgotten. May you rest in peace Ma'am. God bless
Martine McGarrityMay your soul rest in peace. You did your royal duty with pride and dedication. Now you can rest in eternal peace with your beloved Phillip. ❤️
Janet RutherfordThank you, Mam. You did your duty , with grace ,you will be missed. RIP.
Neil NolanI am so sad you're no longer with us but am so grateful of your service and dignity you've conducted yourself with throughout your long life and reign. The world seems worse off without your presence but I hope and pray you're with Philip and our Lord Jesus in heaven now, Rest in peace, with much love to you and your family who no doubt are experiencing grief at this time. God Bless x
Rebecca BerminghamMy thought's for the Royal Family. You served your country well your Majesty. We will always remember you always and threw our history. Now time for your guardian angel Prince Philip to take you home to paradise. R.I. P your Majesty. x
Sandra VollandsSadness overcame our household when we learned the news about Queen Elizabeth The Great. A wonderful person whom we learned so much from. Our thoughts and prayers are sent to the Royal Family. Be strong and be kind to yourselves
Caroline jessRest in peace the Lord will take you with his arms opened for you. You were a wonderful person who served the world. You had time for every one.
Cllr Andrew Ewing Thank you Your Majesty for your service and dedication to the Nation and for your warmth grace and compassion .. a life well lived.
Michelle Briggs-Hamilton Thank you for a life time of service. For guiding us along the way in this troubled world. Safe in arms of Jesus. Long Live the King.
Nicola Porter Saddened by your passing. Rest in peace your Majesty and thank you for your service to our country.
Andrew McCracken R.I.P our Majesty Queen Elizabeth Il may you be at rest with your husband now
Joshua PorterThank you Ma’am
MOHAMED DIWANOur deepest condolences to the Royal family.
Fareeda DiwanOur deepest condolences to the Royal family. R.I.P. Our Queen.
John GriffinSaddened on the passing of HM Queen Elizabeth II, the only Monarch I have ever known. A life of dedication and devotion of duty to country, people and the commonwealth. Rest easy Ma'am your duty is done. God save the King.
Judith RamsayWhat a wonderful monarch we had for the past 70 years, thank you for your service. With deepest sympathies to the entire family.
David RamsayDeepest sympathies to the entire family. Thank you for 70 years of exceptional service.
Amanda jackson Deepest sympathy to the royal family the queen was amazing lady she served the nation for 70 years she was everybody's loved Queen she is up above to meet her beloved husband she is at rest ❤
Jonathan bodellRIP your Majesty u never let us down , such a wonderful lady, safe in the arms of Jesus and reunited with Phillip.
Colin ClugstonRest easy Ma’am your site is done.
Paul&Marian; CampbellRest in peace Mam your journey is over, you deserve the rest. ❤️
Stephanie mccombVery sorry to hear the news of the Queen rest in peace your Majesty. Thoughts and prayers are with all your loved ones xx
Terence HagganTo the new King and the rest of the Royal Family may God give you all some comfort in the days ahead our condolences from the WM, DM and members of LOL 128 Lisburn
David Duffield Rest Easy Ma'am your Duty is done, God Save King Charles III
Andie GriffinI hope you fly up in the sky u lasted long and I hope u live happily in heaven! Andie age 11 x
carole kirkwood My Deepest Condolences to all of The Royal Family, Rest in peace Your Majesty, you were a wonderful Lady, and served us all well, now reunited with your loving husband Philip, xx
Orr Family Thank you for your service. The whole nation will miss you and our country mourns the loss of someone special ... God bless xxxx
David Duffield From the Officers and Members of Batesons True Blues L.O.L 1925 Lisburn, Rest Easy Ma'am your Duty is done, Long Live King Charles III,
Batesons True Blues. From the Officers and Members of Batesons True Blues L.O.L 1925 Lisburn, Rest Easy Ma'am your Duty is done, long live King Charles III, Sec D. Duffield PM HM
Sir Robert Batesons Memorial Society The Members of our Society send our condolences and deepest sympathy to the immediate family circle, Rest Easy Ma'am, the whole nation will never forget the years of loyal service your country.
Alan HallRest in Peace Your Majesty, thank you for your service, you will be a hard act to follow and I don't think I will see it in my life time. Enjoy your time with the corgis and Philip..
Derek Smith Rest in peace Ma'am - you sure have earned it.
MICHAEL HUNTEROur country has lost an amazing queen. Her Majesty will be sadly missed by a great nation. RIP HER MAJESTY. Safe in the hands of the Lord
Jacqueline MallonYour Majesty the World will miss you, our hearts ache.
Ashley mcclurg WM and DM officer’s and members of Lisburn Mechanics LOL 557 send are condolences on the passing of Her Majesty the Queen. Thank you for your service.
Roberta WarnockRest in peace Your Majesty.
Stephen MacfarlaneAn inspirational lady who was wholeheartedly dedicated to her role throughout her reign and will be sorely missed by her family, the nation, the commonwealth, the world. Well Done good and faithful servant. HRH Queen Elizabeth II Rest in peace.
Ellen DickThinking of all the Royal Family at this sad time on their loss of their Mum, Grandmother and Great Grandmother and our beloved Queen Elizabeth may she rest in peace God Bless
Kelly familyYour duty is done. Thank you ❤️
The Cartmill FamilyI would like to express my sympathy to His Majesty The King and all the members of the Royal Family. The Queen was an example to us all in the way that she dedicated her life so selflessly to public service and as a mother, grandmother and great grandmother.
Mark HaireRest in Peace Your Majesty, thank you for your service, you will be a hard act to follow and I don't think I will see it in my life time. Enjoy your time with the corgis and Philip. You well and truly earned the break.
Rachel Graham So sad of Her Majesty's passing will always remember her service to our country and the commonwealth. May she rest in peace.
Nicola fellaThank you for being dedicated to us all for so long, forever our queen xx
irvineI am sorry about your trouble god bless
Patricia TinsleyYour Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, you have left us to join your love ones and your beloved husband Philip , may God give you family strength in the next coming days , God Bless you Mam , you were such a beautiful person inside and out and I'm heartbroken
Eileen CarsonThe Queen kept her promise to serve till the end of her life. I hope she is at peace. She will be sadly missed
Josiah Whan age 8I just want Queen Elizabeth to come back to the earth and then go to tell the people about God and also Jesus. She was a good friendly person. She taught us a lot about her and her family. Thank you so much for everything
Elizabeth McCormick So sad at the news of the Queen's passing. She was a Christian lady who ruled us in accordance with her beliefs and Biblical teaching. Thank you and sympathy to the remaining Royal family.
Donna Marks Thank you Queen Elizabeth for showing such leadership, constancy and love to all of your subjects. You were a tireless worker and an inspiration to all women. I am glad I have lived during your reign. May God embrace you now and welcome you home x
Stephen Houston God bless the Queen, God save the King
David Logan I am saddened by the loss of Queen Elizabeth II, I am blessed to have been born under her rule. My prayers are for King Charles III and the Royal family at this very sad time in our Nation's history. Face to face her Saviour Jesus Christ
Leona Bell So sad at the passing of the Queen who's smile I will never forget. To all of the Royal Family I'm sorry for your great loss.
Harmony Hill Cultural Initiative, LisburnOur thoughts and prayers are with King Charles III and the Royal Family on the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II The Queen served her country with immense pride. We have lost a true National Treasure God Bless Harmony Hill Cultural Initiative, Lisburn , Northern Ireland
TANIA BUSHE Rest in peace
TERRY BUSHEWe will miss you dearly, rest in piece.
Colm Deepest sympathy to the Royal Family on the passing of Her Majesty The Queen
Jack stewart age 7I hope Queen Elizabeth is happy up there united with Philip. RIP Philip and Elizabeth
Christopher ClarkeAn inspiration to many as a Queen who personified dignity, passion and compassion through many trying times. A stable in all our lives leaving a truly historic legacy to be admired and studied by future generations.
Lisa ClarkeRIP Your Majesty, my thoughts are with our new King Charles III and the Royal family,. Thank you for a life time of service during which you displayed an amazing amount of dignity, grace and leadership.
Colin & Judith McCutcheonOur deepest sympathies to King Charles and the entire Royal Family, We were so sorry to hear of the Queen's passing. Her dedication to our country is an inspiration to many. Thank you for your service Ma'am you will be dearly missed. Rest in peace
William Paul GrayProud to have served under you Mam .it was a honour.
Dr Janet Gray MbeThank you your majesty,our beloved Queen Safe in the arms of Jesus
Gary Chudley Your obedient servant and my Boss for 17 years RIP your duties are done ,climb them stairs with pride as he will even bow to you ,we owe you so much
mrs AGNES ENNISdeepst sympathy to the whole family thank you mum for your service to us all
Maureen DonaldsonDeepest sympathy to the Royal family and entire family circle. Queen Elizabeth was an amazing person and dedicated Queen. Who will never be forgotten. A true legend. May she rest in peace and God bless her.
Caroline PattersonThank you for your service Your Majesty. Rest in peace. Deepest condolences and prayers for King Charles III and the entire family at this sad time x
Lucy Cheyne My heartfelt thoughts go out to the entire Royal family. The Queen was a truly amazing lady. Thank you for a lifetime of duty, devotion and dedication. The world will miss your radiance.
H FlemingThoughts and prayers with the family of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
STEPHANIE DUNNIn your words Grief is the price we pay for love I only realised, when you were gone, how much I loved you Thank you for everything xx Stephanie
C Patton Condolences to the Royal Family The Queen will be miss but not forgotten God Save the King
stephen matthewsRest in peace Your Majesty. You were a wonderful leader, always calm and reassuring.
LouiseMy heart is broken knowing our Queen will never be seen again. Elizabeth you will now be with your darling husband Phillip may you both Rest In Peace. God save the Queen and long live the King x
Paula McCuneThank you for the shining example you set and your tireless dedication to your people. May angels guard your rest and comfort your family at this sad time. Heartfelt condolences.
Chris, Jolene. Kaitlyn, Jorgia and Madison ReidAn absolutely remarkable lady who gave her life to carry out the duty as our Queen for 70yrs. Our hearts are broken but her memory will remain forever etched into history as the best. Rest now ma’am
Rachael DumiganRest in peace your Majesty. Thank you for your years of service. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the Royal Family.
David thomsonA sad loss it was an honour to serve as one of your many soldiers you were simply the best goodbye boss
Danielle BrownThank you for serving your nation for 70 years. You have done our country proud! Your duty is done, and it's time for you to be back with your loving husband Phillip. Rest in peace Your Majesty ❤️
Leeta mcintosh Ah I will miss you so much you did us all proud will miss that lovely smile thank you for all the memories I'll have for the rest of my life God bless you xx
Hazel DoonanCondolences to all the family and thank you for lifetime of service as monarch and friend to the nation
Steve JohnsonIn May 1978, I swore an oath to you, my Queen. I remember proudly standing with my colleagues at the recruitment office and taking your shilling. To defend my Queen and Country was the greatest honour a soldier could ever undertake. Six years later, I met the love of my life from one of your Commonwealth countries, Belize. Both my wife and I feel great sadness now you are no longer with us. Though we never truly knew you we had love and respect for what you gave to the people of your realms. Without taking that oath so many years ago, I would not have the love of my wife today. RIP Your Majesty. Gone but never forgotten.
Suzanne SmallA massive gap in all our lives, even though we did not know her personally. A shining example of leadership, respect, dignity and humility. Thank you for your service Ma’am. I have been proud to serve you. Thank you is just not enough.
McCormick Family Thank you ma'am your duties are done , you are back with your Prince again Hope the UK has done you proud this last week honouring you Rest in peace our beautiful QUEEN Xx
Anne Miskelly A remarkable Queen thank you for your long and loyal service, loved and respected too much to every be forgotten. Deepest sympathy to the Royal family.
Philip, Laura, Macie and Louis CampbellTo our Majesty Queen Elizabeth may you rest in peace, thank you for all you have done for our country. Back now with your Philip. Your smile bright smile will forever be in our hearts.
NormaFor all of my 65 years you have been my Queen the one constant in my life. Thank you Ma'am for your 70 years of service. The shining light in our darkest times,our strenght and our hope. You will be remembered always
Jacqui Torrans I thank you so much for your 70 years of service as Monarch, under the love of God. Thank you for what you did for our country and the United Kingdom. You were an extraordinary exceptional lady. I will never forget your beautiful smile, your humour and your kindness. Condolences to all the Royal family, you are in my prayers. May you RIP Your Majesty with your husband Philip
Ruth McIlroy Thank you. May you rest in peace.
Margaret Goudie Bless you for all you have done. Rest in peace.
Tom & Dorothy PorterOur thoughts and prayers are with the family of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Thank you for your many years of service. God save the King
George and Jean WatersVisiting Northern Ireland from the USA and want to pass on our condolences at the loss of such a great leader. She was a very special lady. May she rest in peace.
Joanne, dave, Jason, Sophie, jodie and lacey bodellSuch a beautiful lady thanks for everything ❤, you devoted your life to us all and did such a wonderful dignified job. Will be forever missed by so many xx
Elaine HigginsonThank you for a life of service that you carried out with dignity and respect. You kept the vow you made to this nation and we are deeply grateful. Love and Prayers to Our Royal Family during the loss of their Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother.
Paul and Kay CowanYou were the one steadfast thing in a life of change for 70 years and you will be sorely missed. Rest easy your Majesty, you served your country as you promised all your days, and we will be forever grateful.
Heather Boyd You have served us well HM Queen Elizabeth II. Thank you for your dedication and commitment for such a long period of time. You will never be forgotten.
DENIS AND HELEN WILSONOur wonderful Queen Elizabeth. You were the most gracious and will be sadly missed.