Residents and visitors to Salisbury paid tribute to HM The Queen following her death on Thursday, 8 September

A book of condolence for people to sign is in Salisbury Cathedral until Queen Elizabeth II's funeral.

The Very Reverend Nicholas Papadopulos, Dean of Salisbury, held a service in the Cathedral at 12pm on Friday and people were invited to light a candle for Her Majesty.

Mary Fleming, 73, moved to Salisbury from London six years ago, she said: "She really did her duties until the end. She was a very honourable queen and we can hope that King Charles will do her proud.

"It didn't matter what was going on in the country, she was there."

Salisbury Journal: Mary Fleming has lived in Salisbury for six years.Mary Fleming has lived in Salisbury for six years. (Image: Jordan Elkins)

While Mrs Fleming attended the funeral of Princess Diana, she wasn't able to attend The Queen's Platinum Jubilee in London due to Covid, something she feels she "missed out" on.

A man, who wished to remain anonymous, left Salisbury Cathedral in tears. He said: "I served in her armed forces and I have not stopped sobbing since the announcement yesterday.

"She's a magnificent woman of dignity and it is such a loss. God save the King."

Stuart Lawrence, 49, of Ashford in Kent, visited Salisbury Cathedral with friend Herby Godden, 56,  to pay tribute.

Salisbury Journal: Stuart Lawrence, 49, and Herby Godden, 56, were visiting SalisburyStuart Lawrence, 49, and Herby Godden, 56, were visiting Salisbury (Image: Jordan Elkins)

While he didn't write in the book of condolence or light a candle, he was left quietly with his thoughts during the service. He said: "It's left me in absolute shock.

"I feel like the country has lost it's mother. She gave us support when we needed it and I never thought this day would come.

"She earned the respect and love of the people."

Mr Lawrence reflected on the observed mood of Salisbury, adding: "There's more of a sombre feel today, like the weight of a cloud over us.

"This is the last thing we could've needed right now. There's a lot of discord in the country and this hasn't made it any better."

Sally and Paul Ciprini travelled from London for the service, Mrs Ciprini said: "It was simple but lovely that the Cathedral was open.

"I didn't light a candle but I was very happy in my own thoughts."

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