The way to remember the Queen is to embody her qualities in our lives, the Acting Dean of York said at the civil memorial service for Her late Majesty.
Deputy Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire Christopher Legard DL, Lord Mayor Cllr David Carr of York Civic Party led the congregation at York Cathedral.
The city’s MPs Rachel Maskell and Julian Sturdy, former Lord Mayors and many other leading figures in civil and military life were also present.
Before the start of the service, the bells of the cathedral rang softly and Peter the Great rang.
Representatives of several religious communities in York laid flowers at the altar during the commemoration.
In his address, the Reverend Canon Michael Smith paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth’s kindness, service, maturity, wisdom and “many, many gifts”.
“To honor her, let us all try to manifest these characteristics in our lives,” he said.
It will help make the world a better place.
He also spoke of the Queen’s Christian faith, which was so important in making her the person she was, and urged those present to follow her example.
The service began with Aldermen and Councilors of the City of York Council presenting symbols of council authority to the minister.
They were followed by the choristers of the minister and the acting dean, as well as the chapter, who took their seats.
The Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell, did not attend as he was busy in London in his national role in the Church of England.
A black-and-white photograph of a young Queen Elizabeth II stood on a black draped table near the altar.
The Vice-Lord Lieutenant read the lesson, as did the Rev. Maggie Maclean, Missionary.
A significant part music was compiled by Dr Richard Shephard, whose career at York Cathedral spanned over 20 years and included many years as headmaster of York Cathedral School.
Robert Sharpe, the cathedral’s director of music, led the York Cathedral choir, which sang hymns and hymns composed by other British composers.
After a prayer for the Queen, members of the Royal Family and Commonwealth nations including the UK, children from local schools and Girl Guides and Scouts lit 96 candles in front of the altar.
They represented each of the countries of the Commonwealth.
After the consecration, the service ended with the singing of the hymn by the whole community.
Clergy and choristers, aldermen and councilors performed with Benjamin Morris, assistant director of music, playing Edward Elgar’s Nimrod organ, the country’s official mourning music.