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World Leaders React To The Death Of Queen Elizabeth II

 

Reactions are starting to pour in from world leaders expressing their sympathy and offering condolences to the Royal family following the passing Queen Elizabeth II.

Here are their statements:

President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins:

“It is with profound regret and a deep personal sadness that I have learnt of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

On behalf of the people of Ireland, may I express my heartfelt sympathy to His Majesty King Charles and to the Royal Family on their very great personal loss. May I offer my deepest condolences to the British people and to the members of the Commonwealth on the loss of a unique, committed and deeply respected Head of State.

Her Majesty served the British people with exceptional dignity. Her personal commitment to her role and extraordinary sense of duty were the hallmarks of her period as Queen, which will hold a unique place in British history.”

From the White House:

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre reacted Thursday to the news that Queen Elizabeth II has died at 96, saying that “our hearts and our thoughts” go to the family and the people of the United Kingdom.

“Our hearts and our thoughts go to the family members of the Queen, goes to the people of United Kingdom. I don’t want to get ahead of what the President is going to say,” Jean-Pierre said at the end of the White House press briefing, reacting live to the news of the Queen’s passing.

United Nations Secretary General António Guterres:

“I am deeply saddened at the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. I extend my sincere condolences to her bereaved family, the Government and people of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the wider Commonwealth of Nations,” Guterres noted in a statement.

“Queen Elizabeth II was a good friend of the United Nations, and visited our New York Headquarters twice, more than fifty years apart. She was deeply committed to many charitable and environmental causes and spoke movingly to delegates at the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow,” he said.

“I would like to pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II for her unwavering, lifelong dedication to serving her people. The world will long remember her devotion and leadership,” Guterres added in the statement.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

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Zelensky expressed condolences to the entire United Kingdom, saying in a tweet “It is with deep sadness that we learned of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. On behalf of the 🇺🇦 people, we extend sincere condolences to the @RoyalFamily, the entire United Kingdom and the Commonwealth over this irreparable loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said it is “with the heaviest of hearts” that Canada learned of the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

“It was with the heaviest of hearts that we learned of the passing of Canada’s longest-reigning Sovereign, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. She was a constant presence in our lives – and her service to Canadians will forever remain an important part of our country’s history,” Trudeau said in a tweet.

Queen Elizabeth II served as Canada’s head of state.

In Ottawa, the flag at Peace Tower could also be seen being lowered after the announcement of the Queen’s death.

 

Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson

Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted a statement following the announcement that Queen Elizabeth II had died, saying it’s the “country’s saddest day.”

“In the hearts of every one of us there is an ache at the passing of our Queen, a deep and personal sense of loss — far more intense, perhaps, than we expected,” he wrote.

 

Tony Blair pays tribute to Queen

Tony Blair, who served as Britain’s prime minister for one decade of the Queen’s 70-year reign, has said “it was our great good fortune to have her reign over us.”

“We have lost not just our monarch but the matriarch of our nation, the figure who more than any other brought our country together, kept us in touch with our better nature, personified everything which makes us proud to be British,” Blair wrote.

 

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