The monarch died aged 96 at Balmoral Castle, her holiday home in Scotland. The announcement was made through the official channels of the royal family. See reactions from politicians below.
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António Guterres, UN Secretary General
“As Britain’s oldest and most reigning Head of State, Queen Elizabeth II was widely admired for her grace, dignity and dedication around the world. She was a comforting presence during decades of sweeping change, including the decolonization of Africa and Asia and the evolution of the Commonwealth”.
“Queen Elizabeth II was a close friend of the United Nations and visited our headquarters in New York twice, more than fifty years in a row. She was deeply committed to many charitable and environmental causes and emotionally addressed delegates at the COP26 climate negotiations in Glasgow. . »
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Liz Truss, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
“Queen Elizabeth II was the rock on which modern Britain is built. Our country grew and prospered under his rule. Britain is the great country it is today because of her,” Truss said.
“We have ushered in a new era in the wondrous history of our great country, just as His Majesty would have wished when he spoke the words God Save the King. »
Liz Truss, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in a speech after the death of Queen Elizabeth II – Photo: Reuters/Peter Nicholls
Joe Biden, US President
“Queen Elizabeth II was a statesman of unprecedented dignity and courage who deepened the fundamental alliance between the United Kingdom and the United States. She helped make our relationship special. »
“In the years to come, we look forward to continuing a close friendship with the King and Queen Consort. Today, the thoughts and prayers of the people of the United States are with the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth in their grief. »
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Emmanuel Macron, President of France
“Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has embodied the continuity and unity of the British nation for over 70 years. I remember her as a friend of France, a kind-hearted queen who left a lasting mark on her country and her century. »
Emmanuel Macron, President of France, mourns the death of Queen Elizabeth II – Photo: Reproduction/Twitter
Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Ukraine
“It is with deep sadness that we learned of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. On behalf of the people of Ukraine, we extend our sincere condolences to the Royal Family, the whole of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth for this irreparable loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. »
Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Ukraine, mourns the death of Queen Elizabeth II – Photo: Reproduction/Twitter
Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
“It is with heavy hearts that we learn of the passing of Canada’s oldest sovereign, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. She has been a constant presence in our lives – and her service to Canadians will forever remain an important part of our history. . country. »
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau mourns the death of Queen Elizabeth II – Photo: Reproduction/Twitter
Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel
“My wife Sara and I, together with all the people of Israel, send our condolences to the people of Britain and the Royal Family on the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. She was a legendary ruler, beacon of integrity and administrator of a second Elizabethan age who will be remembered through the ages. May his memory be blessed.
Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, mourns the death of Queen Elizabeth II – Photo: Reproduction/Twitter
Michael Higgins, President of Ireland
“Her Majesty has served the British people with exceptional dignity. Her personal devotion to her role and exceptional devotion to duty were hallmarks of her tenure as Queen, which will hold a unique place in British history. »
“As President of Ireland, I remember the exceptional hospitality extended to me and Sabina by the Queen and the late Prince Philip during our four-day State visit to Great Britain. Britain in 2014. Together we celebrated the deeply personal bond between the Irish and the British, a bond embodied by the hundreds of thousands of families who have moved between our shores over the centuries. »
Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India
“Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will be remembered as one of the pillars of our time. She gave inspirational leadership to her nation and people. She embodied dignity and decency in public life. Saddened by his death. My thoughts are with his family and the people of the UK at this sad hour. »
Narendra Modi, Indian Prime Minister, mourns the death of Queen Elizabeth II – Photo: Reproduction/Twitter
Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands
“The Netherlands commemorates 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 for the world, even in times of its greatest historical upheavals.
Queen Elizabeth combined a strong sense of duty and steely determination with a light touch and a sense of humor. The particular way in which she discharged her heavy responsibilities made a deep impression on all who knew her.
Today, our thoughts go first to your children and grandchildren. On behalf of the Dutch government, I express our deepest condolences to Prime Minister Truss. »
Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands, mourns the death of Queen Elizabeth II – Photo: Reproduction / Twitter
Boris Johnson, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
“This is the saddest day for our country. At the heart of each of us is grief over the death of our queen and a deep and personal sense of loss, perhaps more intense than we expected.
In these first dark moments since the news, I know that millions and millions of people stop everything they are doing, to think of Queen Elizabeth, the bright and radiant light that has finally gone out.
It felt so eternal and wonderful that I’m afraid as children we would have believed it would continue. »
Boris Johnson, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, mourns the death of Queen Elizabeth II – Photo: reproduction / Twitter
Barack Obama, former US President
“Like many of you, Michelle and I are grateful to have witnessed Her Majesty’s dedicated leadership, and we are impressed by her legacy of tireless and dignified public service. Our thoughts are with his family and those in the UK at this difficult time. , wrote in a note signed with former US first lady Michelle Obama.
Former US President and First Lady Barack and Michelle Obama mourn the death of Queen Elizabeth II – Photo: Reproduction/Twitter
Gordon Brown, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
“Queen Elizabeth II has served this country to the end. My deepest condolences to the royal family. May they rest in peace. »
Gordon Brown, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, mourns the death of Queen Elizabeth II – Photo: Reproduction / Twitter
Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury (UK)
“As we mourn together, we know that through the loss of our beloved Queen, we lose someone whose steadfast loyalty, service and humility have helped us understand who we are through decades of extraordinary changes in the world, country and society. .
The greater our grief, the deeper our gratitude to Her Majesty for her extraordinary devotion to the United Kingdom, her realms and the Commonwealth. »