Our messages of sympathy

Buckingham Palace announced the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday 8 September.

Expressions of sympathy and appreciation have been shared around the globe, including our local civic leaders.

Statement from 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 over a reign of 70 years, is unparalleled and we mourn her passing deeply.

“Expressions of sympathy and appreciation are being shared around the globe, and I know that Her Majesty also touched the lives of many of us here in East Sussex. I reflect on her visits to the county and how much joy and delight these brought.

“My sincere condolences are with The Royal Family. I hope that during this time of mourning and loss, they are able to seek comfort in the deep admiration and affection in which we all held Her Majesty. Her deep faith and steadfast spirit live on among us.”

Statement from the Mayor of Brighton & Hove

Speaking about the announcement Councillor Lizzie Deane, the Mayor of Brighton & Hove, said:

“I’m saddened to hear of the news from the Palace that Her Majesty the Queen has died. 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 has lived through great change. 

“At this historic time, we can reflect on the past and build for the future for the good of all in this country and further afield.” 

Joint statement from the leaders of the council’s political groups

“We join with people around the world in noting with sadness the announcement from the Palace. Queen Elizabeth II was our country’s longest reigning monarch and has shown remarkable dedication as the head of state over many decades.

“The Queen succeeded to the throne before any of the four of us were born and that’s true for most residents in our city. This is a historic moment that people will look back on, remembering when and where they heard the news.

“Queen Elizabeth II has given a life of dedication and service. As elected politicians we recognise 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 who are affected by this sad news.”         

Councillor Phélim Mac Cafferty, Leader of the Council and convenor of the Green group

Councillor Carmen Appich, co-leader of the Labour Group

Councillor John Allcock, co-leader of the Labour Group

Councillor Steve Bell, leader of the Conservative group