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World Leaders Pay Tribute to Queen Elizabeth II After Her Death

King Charles III said the loss of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, is “a moment of the greatest sadness” for the royal family.

Queen Elizabeth II stands with Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, to watch a special flypast from Buckingham Palace.
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A statement issued by King Charles III on the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, read: “The death of my beloved Mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family.”

He continued to describe the late monarch as a “cherished Sovereign and a much-loved Mother,” and said her loss will be felt “deeply” by those in the United Kingdom and around the world. 

The statement concluded: “During this period of mourning and change, my family and I will be comforted and sustained by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which The Queen was so widely held.”

Former UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted a three-part statement on the Queen’s death, citing a “deep and personal sense of loss.”

Boris Johnson talks to Queen Elizabeth II during a reception for international business and investment leaders at Windsor Castle.
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Boris Johnson, who met with the Queen on Tuesday, tweeted a three-part statement on the death of Queen Elizabeth II. The statement read: “This is our 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 went on to call the former monarch “so timeless and so wonderful” and said that his thoughts are with the royal family during their loss. He added that she leaves a void and played a “vital role” in the UK. 

After meeting with the Queen on Tuesday, Prime Minister Liz Truss made a televised statement outside 10 Downing Street in London.

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and new Conservative Party leader and Britain’s Prime Minister-elect Liz Truss meet at Balmoral Castle in Ballater, Scotland, on September 6, 2022, where the Queen invited Truss to form a government.
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Newly appointed Liz Truss, who met with the Queen on Tuesday, addressed the nation from outside 10 Downing Street. In a video shared on The Telegraph’s YouTube channel, she said: “We are all devastated by the news that we have just heard from Balmoral. The death of her majesty the Queen is a huge shock to the nation and to the world.”

She added: “Queen Elizabeth II was the rock on which modern was built. Our country has grown and flourished under her reign. Britain is the great country it is today because of her.” 

She also noted that the Queen was “loved and admired by the people in the United Kingdom and all around the world.”

Irish prime minister Micheál Martin said the Queen was “a focus of respect and admiration around the world.”

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Micheál Martin, the Irish prime minister, issued a statement that read: “On behalf of the Government of Ireland, I would like to convey my deepest sympathy to His Majesty King Charles, the Royal Family, the UK Government and the British people on the loss of their beloved monarch, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.”

He added: “The Queen’s reign was one of historic duration, immense consequence and a focus of respect and admiration around the world. Her dedication to duty and public service were self-evident and her wisdom and experience truly unique.”

The Irish leader said her popularity among Irish people was “very evident” and offered his solidarity to those mourning “the loss of an exceptional woman.”  

French President Emmanuel Macron said Queen Elizabeth II “embodied the British nation’s continuity and unity for over 70 years.”

French President Emmanuel Macron.
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Taking to Twitter, French President Emmanuel Macron wrote: “Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II embodied the British nation’s continuity and unity for over 70 years. I remember her as a friend of France, a kind-hearted queen who has left a lasting impression on her country and her century.”

Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the President of Ukraine, offered his sincere condolences to the royal family, the United Kingdom, and the Commonwealth countries.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy seen on March 10, 2022.
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy tweeted: “It was with deep sadness that we learned of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. On behalf of the Ukrainian people, we express our sincere condolences @RoyalFamily to the entire United Kingdom and Commonwealth countries in connection with this irreparable loss.”

He concluded: “Our thoughts and prayers are with you.” 

Nancy Pelosi issued a statement calling the Queen “a pillar of leadership in the global arena.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi attends her weekly news conference at the US Capitol on February 23, 2022, in Washington, DC.
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In a statement obtained by Insider, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi wrote: “Today, Americans join the people of the United Kingdom in mourning the sad passing of Queen Elizabeth II.  Over her seven decades on the throne, Her Majesty was a pillar of leadership in the global arena and a devoted friend of freedom.”

She added: “On behalf of the United States Congress, I extend our deepest and most sincere condolences to the Royal Family during this sad time.”

Pelosi added that the monarch helped to achieve “a new global order of security, prosperity and peace” and reaffirmed the special relationship between the UK and US. She also said that Americans will join the royal family in praying for the late monarch.

Hillary Clinton described the Queen as “a woman who served with such honor and distinction.”

The Queen meeting Hillary Clinton, wife of President Bill Clinton at Buckingham Palace on November 29, 1995.
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Hillary Clinton honored the late Queen, saying she was “privileged to meet her and spend time with her.”

“We lost a woman who served with such honor and distinction from literally the time she was a child, until two days ago when she received the new prime minister,” Clinton told Variety on Thursday in the hours following the Queen’s death.

Clinton first met Queen Elizabeth II in November 1995 during her husband Bill Clinton’s term as US president. She also visited Buckingham Palace when she served as secretary of state for the Obama administration.

“Probably one of the highlights of my time in public service was when I was secretary of state, staying in Buckingham Palace and talking with her about her gardens, which were a great love of hers, and actually walking around the gardens with her gardener and going to a white-tie dinner in the grand dining room,” she continued. “I had many really pleasant and wonderful conversations. She loved to ask questions, she was so lively and she’ll be missed.”

Justin Trudeau shared a heartfelt Instagram post and noted the Queen’s “wisdom, compassion, and warmth.”

The Queen and Justin Trudeau at Windsor Castle.
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau posted an Instagram photo of a previous meeting with the Queen and wrote: “It was with the heaviest of hearts that we learned of the passing of Canada’s longest-reigning Sovereign, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.”

He said she was “a constant presence in our lives – and her service to Canadians will forever remain an important part of our country’s history.”

The post concluded: “As we look back at her life and her reign that spanned so many decades, Canadians will always remember and cherish Her Majesty’s wisdom, compassion, and warmth.” He added that his thoughts are with the royal family. 

Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, called the Queen “a beacon of calm and stability.”

Prime Minister Mark Rutte at the Chancellery in Warsaw, Poland.
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In a statement shared on Twitter, Rutte said: “The Netherlands remembers Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom with the deepest respect.”

“During her exceptionally long reign, she was a beacon of calm and stability for her country and the world, even at moments of the greatest historical upheaval,” he added. 

The statement continued: “Queen Elizabeth combined a strong sense of duty and unflinching resolve with a light touch and a sense of humour. The characteristic manner with which she discharged her heavy responsibilities made a profound impression on everyone who met her.”

He offered his thoughts to the royal family and his sympathy to Truss.

Israeli President Isaac Herzog called the Queen’s death “the end of an era.”

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Isaac Herzog, the President of Israel, said on Twitter: “Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was known far and wide simply as The Queen. Her passing is the end of an era.”

“Together with the Israeli people, I grieve her loss and extend my deepest sympathies to the British people and all nations of the Commonwealth,” he added.

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