Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Kim McGuinness, said: “Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II devoted her entire life to this country and the commonwealth. She’s been there in times of celebration and provided stability in darker days. The Queen was loved the world over, she commanded respect and brought our nation endless pride.

“The duty, commitment and integrity with which she approached public service is an inspiration to us all. She really was an incredible woman.

“As a nation we will come together to celebrate her life and we will all mourn her passing, but we should not forget how difficult this time will be for the Queen’s family, friends and those close to her. My thoughts and best wishes remain with them.”