Queen's connection with regions remembered

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Nationals leader David Littleproud has led tributes to the rich connection Queen Elizabeth II had with regional Australia.

Speaking on a parliamentary condolence motion in Canberra on Friday, Mr Littleproud described the late monarch as "shining light of great hope but also comfort for communities across regional, rural and remote Australia".

"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."

During the Queen's 16 visits to Australia during her 70-year reign, she visited countless regional areas across the country, drawing thousands of people.

Mr Littleproud spoke of how more than 12,000 people came to Longreach during a visit in 1988, with thousands forced to camp out due to the town having just 30 motel rooms at the time.

"Almost all of these moments were simply a dream come true. They were real-life storybook moments that did not matter if you were a small child in Coffs Harbour or a middle-aged bloke in Mackay, this was an opportunity to get a glimpse or even meet the Queen," he said.

"In perhaps the greatest testament to how Her Majesty will be remembered by the regions, we are left with stories from each of these visits that she was certainly more than engaged with everywhere she went."

The Nationals leader said the outpouring of grief following the Queen's death from regional areas was a sign of how country Australia viewed the Queen.

"Regional Australia will be devastated by Her Majesty's passing, but can take great comfort knowing she is at peace," he said.

"That is the beauty of our regions. That they, the people who make up the very soul and identity of our nation, in their own backyard, shared their own unique moment of history with a legend."

Opposition Leader Peter Dutton noted the Queen had once said Australians living in remote locations "have been such a distinct and enduring part of the Australian way of life".