Following the announcement of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Mark Fenhalls KC, Chair of the Bar, said: 

'The Officers, members and staff of the General Council of the Bar of England and Wales join with colleagues across the legal professions in mourning the loss of our country’s most devoted public servant.

'Throughout a long, loyal, and steadfast reign, Queen Elizabeth II embodied the symbolic role of the figure in whose name justice is carried out with great integrity.

'I have written to offer our deep and sincere condolences to His Majesty The King. Our thoughts are with the Royal Family at this time.'

Information for members of the Bar: The Bar Council has been advised by the Crown Office that the title QC changes to KC with immediate effect. The change is automatic so there are no new Letters Patent.

Pictured above: Queen Elizabeth II with Prince Philip at the State Opening of Parliament, November 2004. Pictured top: Queen Elizabeth II travelling to the State Opening of Parliament in a horse-drawn carriage, December 2008.