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The Service is saddened to learn of the passing of Her Majesty The Queen.

The thoughts and condolences from everyone at Humberside Fire Authority and Humberside Fire and Rescue Service are with the Royal Family at this sad time.

Black and white photo of the queen

Chief Fire Officer and Chief Executive, Chris Blacksell paid his respects by saying: "It was with profound sadness that I heard the news of the passing of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

"As our longest serving monarch, and the only monarch that most of us have known, I am sure you agree that it is entirely right that we join the rest of the United Kingdom, and indeed many around the world, in both remembering her life and mourning her loss.

"The Queen of course visited the Humberside Fire and Rescue Service area many times and we were honoured that she opened our Headquarters in 1987.

"The Service will be supporting partners and the public during the period of mourning, and at a number of events in the coming weeks, whilst still delivering our vital services to the public. Further information will come out through normal management routes as to what changes to normal business might apply. We will certainly be very conscious of the timings of significant national events and mourning periods.

"Queen Elizabeth II served her country tirelessly and with the utmost dignity, whilst at the same time being a devoted Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother. She will be greatly missed."

Photo of Her Majesty The Queen at our HQ opening in 1987

Councillor John Briggs, Chair of Humberside Fire Authority added: “Queen Elizabeth II, our Queen, a truly remarkable monarch who gave all her life to the service of us all, truly loved and missed by all. I know our thoughts and prayers will be with the King and his family at this very sad time.”

The Union flag will fly at half-mast at fire stations as a sign of respect and mourning across the Humber region.

The official royal statement is on the following website: