Death of Queen Elizabeth: Brighton residents react

BRIGHTON residents have expressed their sadness at the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

People across the city have joined the country in mourning after the Queen’s death on Thursday September 8.

Flowers are left outside the Brighton Pavilion in honor of the country’s longest reigning monarch while people paid their respects.

Chrissy Lewis, 70, said: “I’m feeling quite emotional, I was born the year she took the throne so she’s been with me my whole life.

“I’m getting ready to celebrate my birthday right now, so I feel like I have such a connection with her.”

The Argus: Chrissy Lewis lays flowers with her grandchildren Arianthe and Auriella.Chrissy Lewis lays flowers with her grandchildren Arianthe and Auriella.

Ms. Lewis brought her grandchildren Arianthe, 10, and Auriella, 8, to lay flowers in the pavilion.

Arianthe said: “I’m really sad. I looked at everything last night and wanted to see everything.”

Flowers continue to be left in the pavilion, which has been lit purple in honor of the monarch. There is also a condolence book to sign.

At Brighton station, some were planning to go to London to lay flowers at Buckingham Palace.

Brayden Wright and Emily King were particularly sad as Australians living in the UK. Brayden, 25, said the Queen was “a big part of our history”, adding that “it is a historic moment”. Both Brayden and Emily, 22, work for the Ambulance Service and say elements of their job will change with the accession of King Charles III.

The Argus: Brayden Wright and Emily KingBrayden Wright and Emily King

The Queen was the only monarch the majority of people have ever known, with those who remember the coronation sentiment being particularly attached to the late monarch. Pam Walmsley and Margaret Butler, both 77, were around eight when the Queen was crowned in 1953.

Margaret said: “We’re very sad it all came so suddenly.” Pam added: “She’s been there all our lives but now she’s back with Phillip. I don’t think she ever got over it.” Death of Queen Elizabeth: Brighton residents react

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