With the sad news of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II this week, we would like to extend our condolences and take time to reflect and remember the life of our beloved Monarch, who worked so tirelessly throughout her life to serve the people and country she loved.

Queen Elizabeth was an inspiration to so many. The longest-reigning British Monarch and female Head of State, she has remained a constant figure that many of us have only ever known.

Her popularity spans generations and it is her work with many charities, organisations and services across her 70-year reign, that she will long be remembered for.

It is particularly Her Majesty’s love of the countryside that all of us here at the Weston Park Country Fair would like to take time to remember today. From a young girl growing up, she had a huge passion for her animals and her love of horses and working dogs would continue right to the end.

Her Majesty, along with her beloved husband, Prince Philip had much affection for the countryside around us. She was a true country-woman at heart and along with walking, she championed many traditional country sports. From the grouse moors at Balmoral, to the partridges at Sandringham, her dogs were often used out in the field.

In her seven decades of service, there has been much change to our green spaces and it is through her passion for being in the great outdoors and all those who help to care for it, she leaves a lasting legacy.

Her Majesty helped define our country, and of course what comes next, and she will not be forgotten.

Thank you Ma’am