A letter of condolence that reflects on the time the Queen visited Harlow was written to the Royal Family.

Harlow Council’s chair, councillor Andrew Johnson, directed the letter to the private secretary of King Charles III on behalf of the town.

The letter expressed the town’s “most heartfelt sympathies” after the passing of “such a  loyal and steadfast public servant” who was “devoted to her country”.

Epping Forest Guardian: The Queen and Prince Phillip pictured at Hughs TowerThe Queen and Prince Phillip pictured at Hughs Tower (Image: Harlow Council)

The letter reads: “We know that many of Harlow’s earliest residents will have very fond memories of when Her Majesty visited our town during the early years of Harlow’s development as a new town.

“During Her Majesty’s visit to Harlow in October 1957 ‘Elizabeth Way’ was officially named and opened.

“Her Majesty was accompanied on that visit by the late Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh."

Epping Forest Guardian: The letter of condolenceThe letter of condolence (Image: Harlow Council)

In the letter, Cllr Johnson wrote that the Queen and Prince Phillip also toured a school built in the town centre and they attracted “thousands of spectators” that day.