Queen Elizabeth II died peacefully on Thursday, aged 96.
First Minister Designate Michelle O’Neill MLA stated: “It’s with deep remorse that I’ve discovered of the passing of Queen Elizabeth II right now.
“The British folks will miss the management she gave all through her 70 years as monarch.
“I want to supply my honest sympathies and condolences to her kids, and her prolonged household circle as they arrive to phrases with their grief.
“I want to particularly acknowledge the profound sorrow of our neighbours from throughout the unionist neighborhood right here who will really feel her loss deeply.
“Personally, I’m grateful for Queen Elizabeth’s important contribution and decided efforts to advancing peace and reconciliation between our two islands.
“All through the peace course of she led by instance in constructing relationships with these of us who’re Irish, and who share a special political allegiance and aspirations to herself and her Authorities.
“Having met Queen Elizabeth on quite a few events alongside my colleague, the late Martin McGuinness, I appreciated each her heat and courtesy.”
DUP Chief Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP stated: “Her Majesty The Queen has been a steadfast and unshakeable Head of State for the UK and the Commonwealth.
“Her gracious strategy has been a relentless all through our lives.
“In 1952 throughout her first Christmas broadcast Queen Elizabeth II requested the nation to wish “that God might give me knowledge and energy to hold out the solemn guarantees I shall be making, and that I could faithfully serve Him and also you, all the times of my life.”
“We mourn Her Majesty’s dying, however we accomplish that with super honour for one who served God and her folks faithfully.
“I bear in mind with fondness her speech in 2011 the place she once more referred to her Christian convictions and reminded us that forgiveness lies on the coronary heart of her religion and that “it may reconcile divided communities.”
“Her Majesty led by instance in Northern Eire and reached out the hand of friendship to assist with the reconciliation course of. We’re responsibility sure to construct on that basis.
“The Royal go to to the Republic of Eire was ground-breaking and the heat with which Her Majesty was obtained demonstrated that she was revered and revered far past the UK.
“Her visits to my constituency in Royal Hillsborough invoke treasured recollections for the residents and for all of us and I do know her dying will likely be felt acutely in that village.
“We pray for the Royal Household as they mourn the passing of a mom, grand-mother and great-grand-mother.”
Alliance Chief Naomi Lengthy MLA stated: “Within the first occasion, my ideas and prayers exit to the whole Royal Household at this unhappy time. They’re mourning a much-loved mom, grandmother and great-grandmother.
“However whereas they’ve misplaced a matriarch, the whole nation and certainly Commonwealth has misplaced an individual who has been a figure-head and chief for 70 years. Her loss will likely be keenly felt by many.
“Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is likely one of the figures who got here to outline the twentieth Century, in addition to a big a part of the twenty first due not solely to her longevity however her dedication and dedication to the nation and Commonwealth. The vast majority of us have solely ever recognized her within the position of sovereign and it will likely be extremely unusual to not see her there finishing up her duties.
“All through her reign, the Queen labored tirelessly in service to the nation and Commonwealth, receiving reward from all quarters for her selfless dedication to the position. That’s solely one of many elements of her life which is able to stay as her lasting legacy, and I hope it brings her household, and certainly all these grieving, some consolation at this unhappy time.”