By Kelvin Kasiwulaya
Gweru City Mayor and Councillor Hamutendi Kombayi has joined the rest of the world in mourning Queen Elizabeth II who died this Thursday at her Balmoral Estate in Scotland.
She was 96.
The Queen reigned for 70years making her the longest-serving monarch.
In a statement, Kombayi who was born in the United Kingdom (UK) hastened to send his condolence to the Royal family.
“My deepest condolences to the Royal family and the rest of the world. Rest in peace my Queen, long live the King, long live King Charles III, Kombayi said.
The Queen was born Elizabeth, Alexandra, Mary, Windsor in Mayfair, London on April 21, 1926.
Queen Elizabeth II’s tenure as head of state spanned post-war austerity, the transition from empire to Commonwealth, the end of the Cold War and the UK’s entry into – and withdrawal from – the European Union.
Her reign spanned 15 prime ministers starting with Winston Churchill, born in 1874, and including Ms Truss, born 101 years later in 1975.
Her son King Charles III said the death of his beloved mother was a “moment of great sadness” for him and his family and that her loss would be “deeply felt” around the world.
He said: “We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished sovereign and a much-loved mother.
“I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.”
During the coming period of mourning, he said he and his family would be “comforted and sustained by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which the Queen was so widely held”.
Prime Minister Liz Truss, who was appointed by the Queen on Tuesday, said the monarch was the rock on which modern Britain was built, who had “provided us with the stability and strength that we needed”.
Speaking about the new King, she said: “We offer him our loyalty and devotion, just as his mother devoted so much, to so many, for so long.
“And with the passing of the second Elizabethan age, we usher in a new era in the magnificent history of our great country, exactly as Her Majesty would have wished, by saying the words ‘God save the King’.” #The Sun