The greatest tribute to the Queen has been the way her death has brought people together, a Jewish community leader has said. Rabbi Yossi Jacobs was one of more than a dozen representatives of different faiths who came together at the city's peace garden to mark the Queen's life.

They sowed seeds in her memory. The Chief Minister of Birmingham Hebrew Congregation said that people of all ages and backgrounds got together to share their grief.


Mohammed Afzal, representing Muslims on the Birmingham Faith Leaders Group, described the Queen as a "beacon of stability" and said her death had shocked the community.

"She served all her life for this country, which is multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and multi-faith," he said. "We prayed for her and will also remember her this week."

Georgina Byrne, a Queen's Chaplain and tutor at Queen's Theological College in Edgbaston, said: “While Christian faith was very much part of the Queen's life, she presented it in a natural way that was accessible to all.

"She was one of our best advocates, our best evangelists. It wasn't churchy, it was very straightforward," she said. "If you were a person of faith it resonated... but if you were not, it wouldn't have been offensive or a stumbling block.

"Or if you were a person of another faith, it was wise enough and generous to include you too. There was a real gift there that was often overlooked."