Councillor Richard Millard, Leader of East Hampshire District Council, today issued this tribute following the death of the Queen Elizabeth II.
He said: “I join the people in East Hampshire, the UK and across the Commonwealth in expressing my deep sadness at the passing of Her Majesty The Queen.
“During a reign that has seen such immense social change in our society she has been a rock of stability and continuity.
“As a monarch she was loved and admired by millions. She was a devoted mother, grand-mother and great-grandmother and our thoughts are with her family at this time.
“As a leader she will stand alone in history, not only as this country’s longest serving monarch, but also as one of its most loved.”
A book of condolence is available in the reception area at Penns Place, and a national book of condolence is being held on the Buckingham Palace webpages at www.royal.uk/home-royal-family
Flowers and tributes can be left in memory of Her Majesty The Queen outside St Peter’s Church, Petersfield.