Ann James, Chief Executive, University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, said:
"This is a sad day for our nation. Our Queen has been the epitome of what public service truly means for many decades and her loss will be keenly felt by many. We will be writing to the Royal Family to share our deepest sympathies at this sad time.
“As the Queen of Britain and the Commonwealth, she was the longest serving British monarch in history, and her dedication and service was unprecedented. She was also a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother and we are thinking of her family at this time. The Queen is also Head of the Armed Services and we know that in our city, steeped in military history and connection, her loss will be felt keenly by many people who admired her commitment and service.
“Her Majesty’s life has exemplified leadership at its best, showing a sustained commitment to duty and service, and speaking to us and for us at times of crisis and challenge, most recently throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
“She has led the way in adapting to changing times, embracing the opportunities offered by new technology to connect with people in different ways – from supporting the broadcasting of her coronation ceremony on television in 1953, to sending the first email from a head of state in 1976, to using video conferencing apps to meet virtually with people across the world over the past year.
“We know that the death of a national figure can have a significant impact and some of us may find ourselves becoming overwhelmed with our own memories of personal loss or grief. Cruse Bereavement Care offers support for adults and children - more details of the service can be found at www.cruse.org.uk.”