Britain’s new Prime Minister Liz Truss led the tributes to Queen Elizabeth II on Friday because the U.Ok. — and the world — reacted to her loss of life on the age of 96.
Truss, who took workplace Tuesday after suceeding Boris Johnson, remembered the queen as “the rock on which our nation was constructed.”
In a speech outdoors No. 10 Downing St, she mentioned that everybody was “devastated” after a “big shock to the nation and the world.”
“Britain is the nice nation it’s at this time due to her,” she added. “Her devotion to responsibility is an instance to us all.”
She mentioned Britain would provide King Charles III “our loyalty and devotion, simply as his mom devoted a lot to us for thus lengthy.”
Her predecessor, Johnson, referred to as the queen’s passing “our nation’s saddest day.”
“Within the hearts of each considered one of us there may be an ache on the passing of our Queen, a deep and private sense of loss — much more intense, maybe, than we anticipated,” he mentioned in a press release. “She appeared so timeless and so fantastic that I’m afraid we had come to imagine, like kids, that she would simply go on and on,” he added.
Keir Starmer, the chief of Britain’s opposition Labour Celebration, additionally paid his respects. In a press release he mentioned that the U.Ok. was mourning “the passing of a exceptional sovereign.” As Britain modified quickly, he mentioned the queen’s “dedication grew to become the nonetheless level of our turning world.”
England’s high non secular authority, Justin Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury, mentioned his prayers had been “with the king and the royal household,” whereas Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon additionally referred to as Elizabeth’s loss of life “a profoundly unhappy second.”
President Joe Biden was additionally fast to pay tribute to the monarch, calling her “a stateswoman of unmatched dignity and fidelity who deepened the bedrock Alliance between the UK and america,” in a press release.
His predecessor Donald Trump additionally paid his respects, saying in a press release that her “exceptional reign left an incredible legacy of peace and prosperity for Nice Britain.”
“Melania and I’ll at all times cherish our time along with the Queen, and always remember Her Majesty’s beneficiant friendship, nice knowledge, and fantastic humorousness,” he added.
Former President Barack Obama additionally mentioned the connection he and his spouse Michelle shaped with the queen “meant an ideal deal to us.”
“Repeatedly, we had been struck by her heat, the best way she put folks comfy, and the way she introduced her appreciable humor and appeal to moments of nice pomp and circumstance,” he mentioned in a press release.
In neighboring Canada, a member nation of the Commonwealth, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau mentioned in a press release that “it was with the heaviest of hearts that we realized of the passing of Canada’s longest-reigning Sovereign.”
“She was a relentless presence in our lives — and her service to Canadians will without end stay an vital a part of our nation’s historical past,” he added.
NATO Secretary Basic Jens Stoltenberg additionally mentioned he was “deeply saddened,” by the queen’s passing, tweeting that she “exemplified selfless management and public service.”
European leaders together with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy additionally paid tribute, tweeting that her loss of life was an “irreparable loss.”
French President Emmanuel Macron additionally supplied his condolences. Alongside a portrait of Elizabeth, tweeting that she was “a buddy of France,” whereas German Chancellor Olaf Scholz additionally took to social media to say that her “dedication to German-British reconciliation after the horrors of World Conflict II will stay unforgotten.”
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared fond reminiscences of the monarch, tweeting that he would “always remember her heat and kindness.”
“Throughout one of many conferences she confirmed me the handkerchief Mahatma Gandhi gifted her on her wedding ceremony,” he wrote. “I’ll at all times cherish that gesture.”
Alexander Smith contributed.