President Biden called the sovereign “a statesman of unparalleled consistency and dignity who serves to strengthen the fundamental alliance between the United States and the United Kingdom”. (Image: The Canadian Press)
The news of the death of Queen Elizabeth II, at the age of 96, quickly spread around the planet and leaders around the world were eager to salute her 70 years of reign. For decades, his influence marked major world issues.
Liz Truss — Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Taking the Queen’s oath just 48 hours before her death, the new British Prime Minister quickly reacted by declaring that the country was “devastated” by the sad news. He described Elizabeth as ‘the rock on which modern Britain is built’.
Boris Johnson – former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
“This is the saddest day in our country.” According to him, the loss of the only monarch known to most British people will cause “a deep sense of personal mourning that is stronger, perhaps, than one would expect”.
He added that King Charles III would “do justice to his legacy”.
Joe Biden – President of the United States
President Biden called the sovereign “a statesman of unparalleled consistency and dignity who serves to strengthen the fundamental alliance between the United States and the United Kingdom”.
Emmanuel Macron – President of France
“Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II embodies the continuity and unity of the British nation for more than 70 years. I keep the memory of a friend in France, a queen of hearts who forever marked her country and in his century.
Mario Draghi – Prime Minister of Italy
He hailed the Queen as ‘the main protagonist of world history for the last 70 years’. He added that he represented the UK and the Commonwealth ‘with balance, wisdom, respect for institutions and for democracy’.
Narendra Modi – Prime Minister of India
“He personified dignity and decency in public life. I am saddened by his death.”
Isaac Herzog – President of Israel
“He lived in history, he made history. And when he died, he left a beautiful, inspiring legacy.”
Vladimir Putin – President of Russia
“For several decades, Elizabeth II has legitimately enjoyed the love and respect of her subjects, as well as her authority on the world stage. I hope you will be brave and persevere in the face of this heavy and irreversible loss,” he wrote in a telegram sent to King Charles III.
Pope Francis — head of the Roman Catholic Church
In a telegram sent to King Charles III, he said he prayed for the “eternal repose” of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II. He paid tribute to “his unwavering service for the good of the Nation and the Commonwealth, his example of devotion to his duty, his testimony of unwavering faith in Jesus Christ and his hope in his promises” .
Nicolas de Rivière — Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations
Queen Elizabeth II reigns “in a period of historic change for her country and the world. His life was dedicated to the service of his country.” He gave his condolences to the UN Security Council, which he chairs.
Ursula von der Leyen – President of the European Commission
“He represents the whole history of Europe that we share as a home with our British friends. He has given us all these years, always, strength and confidence. He has shown great courage. In my eyes, he is one you are a legend and therefore, my prayers are with him.
Annalena Baerbock – Foreign Minister of Germany
“Germany remains forever grateful that it reached us in reconciliation after the horror of the Second World War.”