The world mourns the death of Britain’s oldest monarch


New Delhi: Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning monarch in British history, has died peacefully in Balmoral, Scotland. His death sent shock waves around the world and world leaders began sending their messages of condolence to the royal family, the British people and the world at large. He was one of the most influential figures in the contemporary world and loved by people across borders.

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Twitter that “Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II embodied the continuity and unity of the British nation for more than 70 years. I remember her as a friend of France, a good-hearted Queen who has left a lasting impression on his country and his century.”

He also shared a picture of the Queen without any caption.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi reacted to her death, saying: “Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will be remembered as a stalwart of our times. She provided inspirational leadership to her nation and her people. She personified 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.”

In a separate tweet, he shared photos of himself with Queen Elizabeth II from two different meetings.

He wrote: “I had memorable meetings with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II during my visits to the UK in 2015 and 2018. I will never forget her warmth and kindness. During one of the meetings she showed me the handkerchief given to her by Mahatma Gandhi he gave at his wedding. I will always cherish that gesture.”

The International Cricket Council also mourned the death of the beloved Queen, saying: “Our thoughts are with the people of the United Kingdom following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.”

Former US President Barack Obama issued a lengthy statement on the Queen’s death. He said: “Like many of you, Michelle and I are grateful to have witnessed Her Majesty’s dedicated leadership, and we are in awe of her legacy of tireless and dignified public service. Our thoughts are with her family and the people of United Kingdom at this difficult time.”

US President Joe Biden and his wife also issued a statement on the death of Queen Elizabeth II and said “Our statement on the death of Queen Elizabeth II”.

The president of Ukraine, whose country is at war with Russia, took to Twitter and said “It is with deep sadness that we learned of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. On behalf of Ukraine folks, we send our sincerest 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.

During her reign of more than seven decades, 15 prime ministers in Britain served under her monarchy, the last of which was Liz Truss, who was recently appointed by her to the top job.

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