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Statement from Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen

“I am heartbroken to hear of the death of Her Majesty The Queen. As our nation mourns, my thoughts are with the King, Queen Consort, Prince William and the rest of the Royal Family at this moment.

“The Queen has been the beating heart of our nation for 70 years and her life of noble service is the guiding light for her subjects across the United Kingdom and her beloved Commonwealth.

“Since ascending to the throne The Queen was a constant for millions of people here at home and across the globe in an ever-changing world. Her passing will leave a void in all our hearts.

“On her 21st birthday Her Majesty devoted her life to selfless service in the national interest, a commitment that she steadfastly stood by for the rest of her magnificent life.

“The United Kingdom has lost an extraordinary public servant. Today our nation is united in sadness and grief.”