Pensions industry pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth II

People from across the pensions industry have paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, who died on 8 September at the age of 96.

Her Majesty ruled for 70 years, the longest reigning monarch in British history, spanning 15 Prime Ministers, from Winston Churchill to Liz Truss.

The world, including the pensions industry, have come together to pay tribute to the woman who dedicated her life to serving the people of the Commonwealth.

“Queen Elizabeth II was an extraordinary woman and we are grateful for her lifetime of service to our nation,” said Work and Pensions Secretary, Chloe Smith. “We mourn her today and our thoughts are with The Royal Family.”

Guy Opperman MP added that the country, and the whole world, “will miss you very much”.
“The Queen was the best of us and a constant in a changing world,” he said. “The shock to our country will be profound, as all our lives have evolved with hers.”

The Pensions Regulator chief executive, Charles Counsell, said the regulator joined with the nation and those across the world to mourn the Queen's death.

"Through her sense of duty and her tireless contribution to public life, she has set an inspirational example to so many for so long," he added.

Money and Pensions Service (Maps) chief executive officer, Caroline Siarkiewicz, extended her thoughts and sympathies to the Royal Family on behalf of Maps, stating that the Queen touched the lives of so many people and that she had been a devoted servant.

Meanwhile, the board and employees of the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) expressed their sorrow and extended their deepest condolences to the Royal Family, recognising her lifetime of dedicated service to the country and the Commonwealth.

“The Pensions Management Institute (PMI) are saddened to learn the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II,” the PMI wrote.

“The Queen has reigned for longer than any other monarch in British history, a truly loved and respected figure across the globe.”

WTW described the Queen’s life as one of “extraordinary dedication and service”, adding that its thoughts are with her family and the entire Commonwealth.

Former Pensions Minister, Ros Altmann, said it was “devastating news”: “We have lost wonderful monarch who dedicated her life to public service and upheld highest standards or dignity, courtesy, decency and honour. A real loss to our nation.”

The Association of Professional Pension Trustees chair, Harus Rai, stated: "We were all very sad to hear the news of the passing of Her Majesty the Queen. I join with our council members and all members of the association in conveying our condolences to the Royal Family.

"Her immense service to the state and the public over eight decades and the example she set to us all in the way she conducted her role endeared her to this and other nations across the world. She will be missed."

Alongside the rest of the pensions industry, Pensions Age extends its deepest condolences to the Royal Family and mourns the loss of Queen Elizabeth II.

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