Bracknell’s mayor has received correspondence from the new King after writing him a letter of condolences on behalf of residents following the death of the Queen. 

Cllr Ankur Shiv Bhandari shared the reply from King Charles III, which included a photo of a young Charles leaning out of the window with his late mother Queen Elizabeth II behind him. 

The reply read: “It was so very kind of you to send me such a wonderfully generous message following the death of my beloved mother. Your most thoughtful words are enormously comforting, and I cannot tell you how deeply they are appreciated at this time of immense sorrow.” 

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Cllr Bhandari, who has represented Binfield with Warfield ward since 2019, took over from Cllr Ash Merry as Bracknell Forest Mayor when he was elected earlier this year. 

In doing so, he became the first Bracknell mayor of Indian-origin and also the first person of colour to have taken the role. 

He said he was "delighted" to receive a response from the King and felt it was "very important" that the residents of the borough have sight of that communication.

"These are the principles I wish to ensure throughout my Mayoral year and beyond in Public service," Cllr Bhandari added.