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North Oxfordshire MP pays tribute to Queen in House of Commons

Byoxfordnewspaper

Sep 10, 2022

North Oxfordshire’s MP paid tribute to the Queen along with other members of the House of Commons yesterday (September 9).

In a tribute ceremony yesterday held at the House of Commons, MPs came forward in turn to pay respects to the Queen.

In the Commons Chamber, Victoria Prentis MP said: “In her address to the nation during the pandemic, resplendent, we remember, in her NHS scrub coloured dress and brooch, her majesty praised ‘the attributes of self-discipline, of quiet good-humoured resolve and of fellow-feeling’, which she felt characterised our nation.

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“They are qualities she modelled for us and for which we loved her, but to them she added a less definable quality: a presence, a splendour which came from her deep faith and her certainty that the crown is at the very centre of our constitution.

“This, combined with her considerable beauty and charm, meant she lit up every room.

“I will never forget the day she came to Banbury in 2008 on the 400th anniversary of the town’s charter.

“Later that day, she opened the Oxford Children’s Hospital.

“My largest donors were corralled for really quite a long time for security reasons before she appeared.

“The excitement in the room, and some very healthy competition, meant that that was the most lucrative hour I have ever spent in fundraising.

“We feel that she loved every one of our constituencies. The combination of service and majesty is unbeatable, and this will endure.

“God save the king.”

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This story was written by Matthew Norman, he joined the team in 2022 as a Facebook community reporter.

Matthew covers Bicester and focuses on finding stories from diverse communities.

Get in touch with him by emailing: Matthew.norman@newsquest.co.uk

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