The candlelight service was also an opportunity to look back and reflect on the late Queen’s legacy and give thanks for her 70 years of selfless service, Antrim and Newton Abbey Council explained.

Music representing all four sides of the United Kingdom was played during the services by the Lowry String Quartet; it is included; Lord of the Church. Pray for our restoration; Stay with me, lead me, great Redeemer and Jerusalem.

In Mossley Mill, Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Stephen Ross paid tribute to the late monarch. He said: “Queen Elizabeth II was a queen for us all. She served us in this town in Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England – her United Kingdom, which was united in grief after the sad news of her death.

Residents taking part in a candlelight service at Mossley Mill on Sunday

“She dedicated her life to all the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth, and as we gather tonight in our area, we thank you, madam, with our fellow citizens throughout her United Kingdom. “

At the Platinum Jubilee Garden in Antrim Castle Gardens, Deputy Mayor, Councilor Leah Smith said: “Just a few months ago I was honored to attend the opening of this Platinum Jubilee Garden during the Platinum Jubilee Weekend, which was commissioned as a lasting legacy to Her Majesty The Queen. A few months later, it’s hard to believe that this evening is the eve of the funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

“Her death on Thursday, September 8, was a moment we all knew, but a moment we were not prepared for. But as Her Majesty once said, sorrow is the price we pay for love.’

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Antrim and Newtownabbey Mayor Stephen Ross and elected members were joined by residents of the area for a national moment of reflection at Mossley Mill on Sunday.

At 8pm there was a minute’s silence across the country, joined by millions across the UK. Both events ended with the National Anthem.

Deputy Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councilor Leah Smith and colleagues at the national candlelight service at a moment of reflection in the Platinum Jubilee Garden at Antrim Castle Gardens Photo by Calvin Boyce/Press Eye.
Members of the public pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II in Antrim Castle Gardens.
Hundreds of people gathered to reflect on the life and legacy of Queen Elizabeth II.

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