University statement on the passing of Her Majesty the Queen
Professor Graham Galbraith, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Portsmouth:
"Together as a community we mourn the passing of Her Majesty the Queen, the heart and backbone of our naval city and of our nation.
"Ascending the throne in 1952, at the age of just 25, Queen Elizabeth II served her country and the Commonwealth for generations, presiding over a period of great change.
"On becoming Queen, she came to embody the words of her mother, The Queen Mother, who once asked "to be granted not a lighter load but a stronger back".
"She brought stability, grace and wisdom to everything she did and will be sorely missed by our nation. We will deeply mourn her passing."