The Merchant Navy Welfare Board (MNWB) has paid tribute to the passing of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.
HM Queen Elizabeth II was the longest reigning British monarch and Master of the Merchant Navy and Fishing Fleets.
Chief Executive of the umbrella charity for the UK Merchant Navy and fishing fleets Stuart Rivers said:
"Thank you for your unwavering dedication to a life of service to our great nation. Today, will be marked with sadness, but we will also celebrate the exemplary service given by Her Majesty.
"You are in all of our thoughts and prayers."Andrew Cassels, Chairman of MNWB, added:
"It is with the deepest sadness that we learned of the Queen’s passing. She reigned for a glorious 70 years during which time the country has seen considerable change. She has been described as a rock, the foundations upon which our nation has grown. For the Merchant Navy, she was truly the anchor around which the nation has stayed safely moored regardless of which way the tide flowed. God bless the queen; long live the King."
Our sincere condolences are with the Royal Family at this time.