Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, who was the second longest reigning monarch in history, after Louis XIV of France, died yesterday aged 96. Several leaders around the world have issued statements paying tribute to him.
She died peacefully at her estate in Balmoral, Scotland, according to a statement from Buckingham Palace.
Queen Elizabeth II’s eldest son, Charles, takes over as king immediately, according to centuries of protocol, beginning a less certain new chapter for the royal family after the Queen’s record 70-year reign.
“The passing of my beloved mother, Her Majesty the Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family,” King Charles said in a statement.
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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman sent their condolences to British King Charles III early Friday following the death of Queen Elizabeth, according to two statements from the official SPA news agency.
“His Majesty was a model of leadership that will be immortalized in history,” the king said.
The kingdom’s de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, said the world will remember the great impact and deeds she accomplished throughout her career.
After Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin is returned to London, she will “remain in state” in Westminster Hall for around four days before her funeral, the BBC reported. This would allow members of the public to scroll.
The Great Hall is the oldest part of the Palace of Westminster, the heart of the British government. The last royal to lie in the room was the Queen Mother in 2002.
My deepest condolences to the Royal Family, the people of the United Kingdom and the peoples of the Commonwealth on the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. She was an inspiration to many Americans and through her leadership forged an even deeper American-British alliance.
– Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) September 9, 2022
US President Joe Biden on Thursday ordered flags at the White House and other federal buildings to be flown at half-mast “as a sign of respect” for Britain’s late Queen Elizabeth II.
The flags will also be lowered on U.S. Navy ships, at military posts and naval stations, and at all U.S. embassies and other facilities overseas, a White House proclamation said.
The death of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II is a “great loss” for the whole world, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Friday.
“The Queen’s death, which led Britain through turbulent times around the world, is a great loss not only to the British people but also to the international community,” he told reporters.
Kishida hailed the Queen’s “extremely important role in global peace and stability”, saying she “contributed greatly to the strengthening of Japan-British relations”.