Buckingham Palace has announced the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
Expressions of sympathy and appreciation were shared around the world, including our local municipal leaders.
Statement by HM Lord-Lieutenant of East Sussex, Mr Andrew Blackman
“Her Majesty The Queen gave her whole life in service to the nation. Her commitment to duty during a 70-year reign is unparalleled and we mourn her deeply.
“Expressions of sympathy and appreciation are shared around the world, and I know that Her Majesty has also touched the lives of many of us here in East Sussex. I look back on her visits to the county and to the joy and pleasure they brought.
“My heartfelt condolences go out to the Royal Family. I hope that in this time of grief and loss they can find comfort in the deep admiration and affection in which we all held Her Majesty. Her deep faith and her unshakeable spirit endure among us.”
Statement from the Mayor of Brighton & Hove
Speaking about the announcement, Councilor Lizzie Deane, Mayor of Brighton & Hove, said:
“I am saddened to learn from the Palace that Her Majesty The Queen has passed away. The Queen has been an icon of public service for decades.
“I add my recognition and appreciation for her lifelong dedication to the country we live in. Queen Elizabeth II found herself in the international spotlight from a young age and experienced great changes.
“In this historic time, we can reflect on the past and build the future for the good of all in this country and beyond.”
Joint statement by the leaders of the council’s political groups
“We join people around the world in noting with sadness the Palace’s announcement. Queen Elizabeth II was our country’s longest-reigning monarch and has shown remarkable dedication as the head of the state for many decades.
“The Queen came to the throne before any of us four were born and that’s true for most people in our city. It’s a historic moment that people will look back on, remembering when and where. they heard the news.
“Queen Elizabeth II gave a life of dedication and service. As elected politicians. we recognize that many people will be saddened by the news and wish to pay their respects.
“On behalf of Brighton & Hove, we send our condolences to the Royal Family and all those affected by this sad news.”
Advisor Phélim Mac Cafferty, Leader of the Council and animator of the Green group
Councilor Carmen Appich, co-leader of the Labor group
Councilor John Allcock, co-leader of the Labor group
Councilor Steve Bell, Conservative Group Leader
The queen in our town
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II visited the city several times during her lifetime.
October 31, 2013
The Queen opened the Keep, a world-class archive center comprising the local history collections of the Royal Pavilion and museums, based near Falmer, Brighton. Earlier today, the Queen visited nearby West Quay Fisheries in Newhaven, South Downs YHA (Youth Hostel Association) and Harveys Brewery in Lewes.
March 8, 2007
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh visited for the 200th anniversary of the Theater Royal. During the visit, the Queen toured the Jubilee Library and the Duke attended a workshop at the Pavilion Theatre. The royal couple also attended a reception at the Dome followed by lunch at Brighton Racecourse as well as visiting community projects in the afternoon.
March 29, 2001
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh met children from Goldstone Junior School, Knoll Infant School, Hill Park School (called Hillside at the time) and Aldrington Church of England Primary School.
The tour also included a trip to the Brighthelm Center to welcome St. John Ambulance volunteers and Big Issue vendors.
May 31, 1979
The Queen officially opened Brighton Marina when she and the Duke of Edinburgh visited Brighton for the first time in 17 years. They also strolled through historic shopping streets during the trip.
November 13, 1964
The Queen has officially opened the main library of the fledgling University of Sussex
July 16, 1962
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh launched the George Street renovation scheme in Hove and also visited Brighton College.
May 18, 1951
Princess Elizabeth visited Brighton & Hove as part of a Sussex tour, also passing through Hastings and Lewes. She visited Brighton Palace Pier, the Royal Pavilion and Hove Town Hall.
December 4, 1945
Princess Elizabeth visited Preston Manor, Brighton, after inspecting the troops at King Alfred, Hove, which was a Royal Navy training site at the time.