ON BEHALF of my constituents in Midlothian North and Musselburgh, I would like to express my deepest condolences at the passing of Her Majesty The Queen.

Queen Elizabeth II has been a constant figure for over 70 years, dedicating her life to duty and service as the longest-reigning monarch in the UK. I am sure many share the feeling of great sadness and personal loss at her passing.

As we all come together to mourn the passing of the Queen, we will also have the opportunity to reflect on her extraordinary life and share fond memories we have of her.

I had the pleasure of meeting Her Majesty The Queen and her late husband the Duke of Edinburgh at Musselburgh Racecourse back in July 2016 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Musselburgh Racecourse. Many know the Queen enjoyed horses and horseracing, and it was an honour to have her at the racecourse on its special anniversary. As I reflect on that day, I feel very nostalgic and I am sure many of my constituents share similar memories of that day she visited Musselburgh.

The passing of the Queen marks an end to a significant era in history as we make way for the new monarch, King Charles III. On Sunday, I attended a public proclamation in Dalkeith and this week I joined my colleagues in the Scottish Parliament as the First Minister tabled a formal Motion of Condolence which was later received by His Majesty The King and the Queen Consort.

I know many travelled to St Giles’ Cathedral to pay their respects. I know not everyone who would have liked to attend would have been able to but you can pay your respects locally at some council buildings where a book of condolence will be available to sign. Further details can be found on the council website.

Her Majesty The Queen was a remarkable figure and will be truly missed. I would like to send my sincerest condolences to His Majesty The King, the Queen Consort and to the entire Royal Family at this difficult time.