Regional Australia pays tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
The Hon David Littleproud MP
Leader of The Nationals
9 September 2022
Australians throughout our regional towns will have grown up only knowing Her Majesty and will now be feeling a great sense of loss.
Her Majesty was a shining light of great hope and comfort for communities across regional, rural and remote Australia.
Her Majesty was a frequent visitor of regional Australia and held a great fondness and affinity with the determination and spirit of our communities. Many of those communities celebrate a special part of their history when they were lucky enough to have a Royal visit in places such as Mackay, Rockhampton, Benalla, Bathurst, Alice Springs, Lismore, Casino, Sale, Kununurra, Echuca, Longreach, Dubbo, Cooma, Wagga Wagga, Swan Hill, Mount Isa, Orange, Kalgoorlie, Shepparton, Tamworth, Mt Gambier, and Traralgon.
This fondness for regional Australia was reflected in our communities through celebrations such as our Royal Agricultural Shows. Entry and participation into these shows has been traditionally a chance to showcase a regions’ finest for judging as a prize suitable for The Queen.
In the midst of regional Australia’s toughest times Her Majesty provided many messages of support and strength. These efforts showed her true kindness, humanity and leadership which Her Majesty brought to the role and is one that will be sorely missed.
Australia is the lucky country and part of that luck has been due to the fact Her Majesty has been able to reign over us. The stability Her Majesty has provided has improved the lives of many.
Loyalty to the Crown is at the heart of The Nationals values and enshrined in our Party’s constitution. Regional Australia will be devastated by Her Majesty’s passing but can take great comfort knowing Her Majesty is now at peace.