Politicians in the south east pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II following her death

Buckingham Palace announced the Queen died peacefully on Thursday afternoon at Balmoral. Credit: ALPR/Zuma Press/PA Images

Politicians across the south east have paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II who has died aged 96.

Suella Braverman, Member of Parliament for Fareham and Home Secretary, said her thoughts are with the whole of the Royal Family.

In a tweet, she said: "I share the profound sadness expressed by the Prime Minister, and felt across the Commonwealth and throughout the whole world, at the death of Her Majesty the Queen.

"She is one of the greatest figures in global history. Her devotion was total and offers an enduring example of the importance of commitment and duty.

"Stories of her wisdom and kindness abound. I know that many people will want to show their love and gratitude over the coming days by attending the many events held to celebrate her life."

Caroline Lucas, Member of Parliament for Brighton Pavilion, thanked the Queen for 70 years of tireless work.

She said: "My deepest condolences to the Royal Family following the sad news of the death of the Queen.

"At the heart of this country's life for so long, she witnessed enormous change. I thank her for 70 years of tireless work & send my thoughts & prayers to her family at this difficult time"

Bob Seely, Member of Parliament for the Isle of Wight, said he is saddened to hear of the Queen's passing.

In a statement, he said: "We are all profoundly sad to hear of the passing of Her Majesty the Queen. She was our head of state, our Queen, and a remarkable and unique figure. 

"I know that many people, including the many tens of thousands who have met her, will feel deeply upset by her passing.

"Truly, it is the end of an era. However, we should also be thankful for her life and her life of service; to the Island, our nation and the Commonwealth. May she rest in peace.

"My thoughts and prayers are with the Royal Family. God Save the King."

She has been succeeded by her own son, Charles, who will be known as King Charles III. Credit: Credit: Matthew Horwood/PA

Stephen Morgan, Member of Parliament for Portsmouth South, said his thoughts are with the Royal Family.

"I am deeply saddened to hear of Her Majesty The Queen's passing.

"Her Majesty has been the steady hand that guided us through our country's triumphs and tribulations over an extraordinary 70-vear reign - a true example of British public service.

"In the heart and home of the Royal Navy, we are grateful for her everlasting support for our Armed Forces, veterans and service families across the globe.

"The people of Portsmouth will forever remember The Queen for her dedication and devotion to the country and its people.

"The Queen was a global symbol of the very best of the United Kingdom, its values, our standing in the world and our contributions to it.

"Her Majesty's work to build and strengthen ties we still hold today, across seven decades, will be the mark of an incredible legacy.

"My thoughts are with the Royal Family and all those who cared for Her Majesty on this very sad day."

Tom Tugendhat, Member of Parliament for Tonbridge and Malling, said he's deeply saddened at the passing of Her Majesty the Queen.

In a tweet, he said: "I am sure this feeling is echoed across our nation, the Commonwealth, and the whole world.

"I swore allegiance to Her Majesty as a soldier and politician. I will be forever grateful of her incomparable service.

"Today is a momentous occasion in our shared history, one in which she has provided an unwavering example of duty and kindness. Her deep faith was a strength and pillar.

"My thoughts remain with with the whole of the Royal Family. God Save The King."

Kit Malthouse, Member of Parliament for North West Hampshire, said: "By her grace and dignity, Her Majesty touched the lives of millions, and she will live on in our hearts."

He added: "I offer my deepest condolences to The King and Royal Family upon the sad death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

"The entire nation will mourn with them as we contemplate her remarkable reign.

"Throughout her long life, Her Majesty's devotion to public service has been an inspiration, and her wisdom and strength have often provided solace to her people in times of darkness, most recently during the pandemic.

"While Her Majesty's passing is a source of profound sadness, we should also celebrate the extraordinary period in British history over which she reigned. Like so many, I feel privileged and lucky to have lived through the second Elizabethan age. Long live The King."