The Chair, Leader and Members express our sympathy on the sad loss of Her Majesty the Queen

The Chair of Kent County Council, Lesley Game, has expressed the deepest sympathy of the Members and officers of Kent County Council on the sad passing of Her Majesty the Queen.

I know that the Members and officers of Kent County Council and the people of Kent will share the sense of deep loss and sorrow being felt all over the world at the passing of such an eminent patriot. Her Majesty’s life has been devoted to the service of her country and the Commonwealth as well as an abiding advocate of peace and the importance of nations working together.

She has been our great constant. Throughout her 70-year reign, while every aspect of our lives has changed, her dedicated duty, her decency and her dignity have provided an unending source of stability, reassurance and comfort.

We offer our most sincere condolences to the Royal Family at this most difficult time and will mourn the loss of our Head of State, great Ambassador for the United Kingdom, unifier of the Commonwealth and a leader admired and revered across the globe. Her place in history is surely secured as one of the greatest monarchs in history.

Lesley Game, Chair of Kent County Council

Roger Gough, Leader of Kent County Council also expressed his sympathy, along with other group leaders and members.

Along with so many people across Kent and the country, I am deeply saddened at the death of Her Majesty the Queen. I am sure that the Royal Family are in all our thoughts and prayers; above all, our new monarch, King Charles III as he both mourns his mother and takes on the huge responsibility of serving our country.

Her Majesty has been a part of all our lives. A constant, reassuring presence in both good and troubled times. Throughout her 70- year reign she has so admirably adapted and modernised the monarchy and overseen a country that has changed profoundly. What has not changed has been her presence and her ethos of service.

Her scrupulous adherence to the role of a politically neutral, constitutional monarch has underwritten our democracy. Yet she could also make history, as in her visit to Ireland in 2011, and speak for all of us, as she did at the height of the pandemic.

Her Majesty the Queen was much loved and admired here in Kent, across the United Kingdom and the wider Commonwealth. Her dedication to the service of the country was, and will continue to be, an example to us all.

Roger Gough, Leader of Kent County Council

On behalf of the Opposition and the Labour Group at Kent County Council we join with County Councillor colleagues and officers to offer our heartfelt condolences on the passing of Her Majesty the Queen. We pay tribute to her long and dedicated public service. Thank you, Ma'am.

In our grief, and despite this sad time, we hope for the best for our new King and Queen Consort as they take on the heavy duty of the Crown on behalf of the whole United Kingdom.

Dr Lauren Sullivan, Leader of the Labour Group at Kent County Council

Like everyone in Kent and further afield, I am very saddened by the news about Her Majesty the Queen.  Her long, honourable service as our Head of State has provided stability and continuity in good times and bad.

Our thoughts are with the Queen's whole family. May we all live up to the best ideals of service that the Queen represented.

Antony Hook, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group at Kent County Council

I extend our deepest sympathies to King Charles and the Royal Family on the sad news of the death of The Queen.

The Queen’s 70 years’ service, characterised by her sense of duty, her energy and discretion earned her a reputation throughout the world as a kind, wise and principled head of state.

Our thoughts are with her family at this difficult time.

Councillor Paul Stepto, on behalf of the Greens and Independents Group of Kent County Council