There was a wave of mourning across Brighton for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.
Residents, businesses and other organizations paid heartfelt tributes to the monarch following her death in Balmoral on Thursday.
Flowers were laid in front of the royal pavilion and special areas were set up in churches and other public spaces for people to pay their respects and sign books of condolence.
Brighton and Hove City Council party leaders said in a joint statement: “We join people around the world in taking note of the Palace’s announcement with sadness. Queen Elizabeth II was our country’s longest-reigning monarch and has shown remarkable dedication as head of state over many decades.
“The Queen ascended the throne before any of the four of us were born, and that goes for most of our town. This is a historic moment that people will look back on and remember when and where they heard the news.
“On behalf of Brighton and Hove, we send our condolences to the Royal Family and everyone affected by this sad news.”
A photograph of the Queen was placed outside the royal pavilion and was soon surrounded by bouquets of flowers from well-wishers.
Books of condolence were also set up in all three town halls in Brighton, Hove and Portslade.
Churches are open for mourners to pay their respects through prayer and the lighting of candles.
A statement from the Dean of Chichester Cathedral, Reverend Stephen Waine, said: “Many have appreciated the Queen’s meticulous attention to state affairs, her great wisdom accumulated over the many years of her reign and her concern for well-being and thriving of communities and individuals.
“As we take this news, we do so with gratitude to God for her dedication, unwavering Christian faith and ministry.”
Many events across the city are being canceled or postponed due to the period of mourning.
Brighton and Hove Albion’s Premier League game against AFC Bournemouth has been postponed, as has the Food Festival Pub in the Park, which was due to take place on Friday 16 September. This will now take place next year.
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