8 September, 2022

Statement from North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner

North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Zoë Metcalfe said:

“This is an incredibly sad day.

“Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has been the figurehead of our nation for over 70 years, a loyal servant who has provided stability and support to so many for so long. It is impossible to imagine life without her, and I know many will find the fact we now have to face that reality very difficult.

“Our emergency services will play a key role in the coming days in supporting our communities, and their commemorations and celebrations of Her Majesty’s life.

“My thoughts today are particularly with the Royal Family who have not just lost a leader but a mother, grandmother and great grandmother. No matter who you are or when it happens, the death of a loved one is incredibly hard, and my respects and condolences go to them.”


An online book of condolence is available on Buckingham Palace’s website.

North Yorkshire

  • There are books of condolence on the mezzanine at North Yorkshire County Council, County Hall, Northallerton.
  • Floral and other tributes can be left in the grounds of North Yorkshire County Council, County Hall, Northallerton.
  • The books of condolence will only be available at the following times:
    • 8am – 5pm Monday to Thursday
    • 8am – 4.30pm Friday

City of York

  • You may contribute to York’s book of condolences in person, at West Offices, between 8.30am and 5.00pm, Monday to Friday, from Friday 9 September.