During her reign, the late monarch served as Queen of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth – undertaking an important symbolic and unifying role as a head of state, spanning numerous geographical regions, cultures, and religions.
She was both the longest-reigning British monarch in history, and also the first-ever monarch to reign in the UK for 70 years.
She was admired and continues to be remembered for her duty and dedication to the role.
And now, with a year having passed since her death, her eldest son – and, of course, now the current reigning British monarch – King Charles III has paid a touching tribute in memory.
The King’s tribute message reads in full: “In marking the first anniversary of Her late Majesty’s death and my Accession, we recall with great affection her long life, devoted service, and all she meant to so many of us.
“I am deeply grateful, too, for the love and support that has been shown to my wife and myself during this year.
“We do our utmost to be of service to you all.”
As well as the King’s tribute message, the Royal Family has also shared a previously-unreleased portrait of Queen Elizabeth II with the public.
The image of Her late Majesty was taken at Buckingham Palace all the way back on 16 October 1968 as part of an official sitting granted to photographer Cecil Beaton (1904-80), and has been chosen by the King himself to share on the anniversary.
The image was first shown at the National Portrait Gallery between November 1968 and March 1969 as part of its first photographic exhibition ‘Beaton Portraits 1928-68’ – which was also the first retrospective of the work of a living photographer in a British national museum, according to the Royal Family.
Cecil Beaton first photographed Queen Elizabeth II in 1942.
Tameside police officers hailed ‘absolute heroes’ after saving the life of a seven-year-old girl
Two Tameside police officers have been hailed as “absolute heroes” after saving the life of a seven-year-old little girl.
It comes after emergency services were called to an address in the Greater Manchester borough of Tameside earlier this week (29 November), and found a young girl who was struggling to breath and coughing up blood after choking on a sweet.
Police Constables Aaron Kincaid and James Blundell, from Greater Manchester Police‘s (GMP) Tameside division, were first on the scene.
To the huge relief of the girl’s parents, who were said to be “understandably distressed” and concerned for her welfare, PC Kincaid jumped straight into action and was able to utilise his first aid training to full effect by going on to successfully dislodge the sweet from the youngster’s throat, and then helping to calm her down before the paramedics arrived.
Whilst PC Kincaid looked after the little girl, PC Blundell did “everything he could” to help the parents remain calm.
Paramedics then took over once they arrived, and the young girl was taken to hospital as a precaution.
Reflecting on the incident, and hailing his officers “absolute heroes”, Superintendent Mike Walsh, from GMP’s Tameside district, said: “PCs Aaron Kincaid and James Blundell acted without hesitation during the incident, and took control of the situation that they were faced with.
“They deserve every credit for staying calm under extreme pressure and for working together as a team and utilising their training to lifesaving effect, and I’m sure the girl’s parents and family will consider them to be absolute heroes.”
“We’re both glad that we were in the right place at the right time,” PC Kincaid added.
“I have a daughter the same age as the little girl who needed our help, and I cannot tell you how much of a relief it was when she started breathing normally and said she was okay after I had managed to dislodge the sweet.