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September 8, 2022

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American celebs pay tribute to Britain’s longest-serving monarch

Former US President and First Lady Barack and Michelle Obama pay tribute

‘Remarkable sovereign’ – Labour’s Keir Starmer

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has paid tribute to the Queen, describing her as a “remarkable sovereign”.

In a statement, he said: “It is a deep, private loss for the Royal Family and all our thoughts are with them at this time. The nation shares in their grief.

“We will always treasure Queen Elizabeth II’s life of service and devotion to our nation and the Commonwealth; our longest-serving and greatest monarch. Above the clashes of politics, she stood not for what the nation fought over, but what it agreed upon.

As Britain changed rapidly around her, this dedication became the still point of our turning world. So as our great Elizabethan era comes to an end, we will honour the late Queen’s memory by keeping alive the values of public service she embodied.

For seventy years, Queen Elizabeth II stood as the head of our country. But, in spirit, she stood amongst us.

British Vogue editor pays tribute

‘This is our country’s saddest day’: Boris Johnson

Former prime minister Boris Johnson – who left the top job on Tuesday after meeting with the Queen – has paid tribute to the monarch.

In a lengthy statement, he says there is “an ache at the passing of our Queen” in “the hearts of every one of us”.

PM Liz Truss tribute

God save the King – Truss

Prime Minister Liz Truss says Queen Elizabeth II leaves a “great legacy”.

“Today the Crown passes, as it has done for more than a thousand years, to our new monarch, our new head of state, His Majesty King Charles III.

“With the King’s family we mourn the loss of his mother and come together.

“We offer him our loyalty and devotion, just as his mother devoted so much to us for so long.”

She finishes her statement saying it is “the passing of the second Elizabethan age”.

Truss concludes by saying: “God save the King.”

The new King releases a statement

A statement has just been issued by the Royal Family on behalf of Charles, the new King.

He writes: “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.

“We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished sovereign and a much-loved mother.

“I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth and by countless people around the world.

“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.”

Balmoral: Royal LIVE - HM Queen Elizabeth's health update
Statement from King Charles III

French President Emmanuel Macron

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.

I remember her as a friend of France, a kind-hearted queen who has left a lasting impression on her country and her century.

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau

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.

Elton John tribute

Football star Raheem Sterling pays tribute

US former president Bill Clinton

Queen Elizabeth dies – tributes from around the world 

Politicians in mourning as Buckingham Palace announces her death 

Former prime minister John Major

For 70 years Her Majesty The Queen devoted her life to the service of our nation and its wellbeing.

In her public duties she was selfless and wise, with a wonderful generosity of spirit.  That is how she lived – and how she led.

For millions of people – across the Commonwealth and the wider world – she embodied the heart and soul of our nation, and was admired and respected around the globe.

At this moment of deep sadness, I believe we all stand hand in hand with the Royal Family as they grieve the loss of one so loved.

For we have all lost someone very precious to us and, as we mourn, we should be grateful that we were blessed with such an example of duty and leadership for so very many years.

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon 

The death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth is a profoundly sad moment for the UK, the Commonwealth and the world.

Her life was one of extraordinary dedication and service. On behalf of the people of Scotland, I convey my deepest condolences to The King and the Royal Family.

Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey 

We are all deeply mourning the profound loss of a great monarch, who served our country so faithfully all her life and who was loved the world over.

For many people, including myself, the Queen was an ever-fixed mark in our lives. As the world changed around us and politicians came and went, the Queen was our nation’s constant.

The Queen represented duty and courage, as well as warmth and compassion. She was a living reminder of our collective past, of the greatest generation and their sacrifices for our freedom.

European Council President Charles Michel 

Our thoughts are with the royal family and all those who mourn Queen Elizabeth II in the UK and worldwide.

Once called Elizabeth the Steadfast, she never failed to show us the importance of lasting values in a modern world with her service and commitment.

Belgian prime minister Alexander De Croo

Belgium sends its condolences to the British Royal Family and to the British people. 

May HRH Queen Elizabeth II Rest In Peace. For over 70 years, she was a beacon of stability and dignity for the British people.

Portuguese prime minister António Costa

It is with sadness that we learn the news of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Her 70-year long reign has marked British history since the Second World War. My sincere condolences to the Royal Family and to the people of the United Kingdom.

Queen Elizabeth has died aged 96

Queen Elizabeth II, the UK’s longest-serving monarch, has died at Balmoral aged 96, after reigning for 70 years.

Her family gathered at her Scottish estate after concerns grew about her health earlier on Thursday.

The Queen came to the throne in 1952.

With her death, her eldest son Charles, the former Prince of Wales, will lead the country in mourning as the new King and head of state for 14 Commonwealth realms.

In a statement, Buckingham Palace said: “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon.

“The King and the Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”

All the Queen’s children travelled to Balmoral after doctors placed the Queen under medical supervision.

Her grandson, Prince William, is also there, with his brother, Prince Harry, on his way.

Flag lowered over Buckingham Palace

The flag at Buckingham Palace was lowered to half mast at 6.30pm.

As the news of Queen’s death was announced, hundreds of people were gathered outside the gates. Some began crying. A single helicopter circled the sky above.

Breaking news – Queen dies aged 96 

Buckingham Palace have confirmed the death of the Monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. 

The Queen has died aged 96, Buckingham Palace has announced.

“The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and the Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow,” Buckingham Palace said.

Prince Charles and Camilla, Prince William and other members of the royal family travelled on Thursday to be by the Queen’s side after the palace announced she was under medical supervision. 

Only recently she welcomed the UK’s new prime minister Liz Truss – her 15th PM during her reign. 

The Queen was coronated in 1952 and is the country’s longest-serving monarch. 

Her husband, Prince Philip died last year at the age of 99. 

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