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Local civic leaders react to the passing of Queen Elizabeth II

Buckingham Palace announced on Thursday afternoon that Her Majesty, The Queen passed away peacefully at Balmoral.

Penny Mordaunt, MP for Portsmouth North, Lord President of the Council, and Leader of the House of Commons.

"Her Majesty was an inspiration and guide to so many who met her. She set the standard for public duty. Our country was changed by her presence. It will be changed by her passing. There will be a time for solemn reflection and sadness. There will also be a time to give thanks for her lifetime of service to the nation. The best tribute that can be paid to her is carry on as she would have wished, with dignity and dedication. Her legacy is that of continuity, calm and commitment. My thoughts and prayers are with the Royal family for their personal loss, especially The King."

The Right Worshipful the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Cllr Hugh Mason

"On behalf of councillors and officers at Portsmouth City Council, I would like to express my deepest sadness following the recent announcement of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. I would like to take this opportunity to offer our condolences to the Royal Family, who remain in our thoughts and prayers at this very sad time."

Stephen Morgan, MP for Portsmouth South 

Suella Braverman, MP for Fareham and Home Secretary

Caroline Dineage, MP for Gosport

 Alan Mak, MP for Havant

HM Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire, Nigel Atkinson Esq

“We have learned with great sorrow and profound grief, of the sad news of the death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. Words cannot begin to express the magnitude of our sadness, and the outpouring of sentiment across Hampshire and sense of great loss we all feel is an accurate and loving tribute to Her Majesty’s quality as our Queen.  

“Her Majesty’s reign was the longest of any British Sovereign, and a symbol of stability during wartime, peacetime and decades in which the world has seen many changes. The death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, represents a day of very great sadness across the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth and the loss of the Head of a worldwide family of 2.5 billion people. 

“On behalf of the people of Hampshire, we will be writing to the Royal Family, to express our deepest sympathy, and our humble and heartfelt condolence for the loss that they are experiencing at this time.”  

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