World leaders and dignitaries across the globe have been paying tribute to Queen Elizabeth II who died on Thursday after ill health.
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (UK), Liz Truss, described her as a ‘personal inspiration’, with her sense of duty an ‘example to us all’.
“Our country has grown and flourished under her reign. Britain is the great country it is today because of her,” Prime Minister Truss stated.
President of the United States of America (USA), Joe Biden, described her as “more than a monarch- she defined an era”.
Remembering his visit to the UK in 2021 as president, Mr Biden said “she charmed us with her wit, moved us with her kindness, and generously shared with us her wisdom”.
“Queen Elizabeth II was a stateswoman of unmatched dignity constancy who deepened the bedrock of the Alliance between the United Kingdom and the United States. She helped make our relationship special,” Mr Biden added.
France President, Emmanuel Macron, said Queen Elizabeth II was “a kind-hearted queen” who was “a friend of France”.
Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau – who had known the Queen for decades, said she had “an obvious deep and abiding love for Canadians”.
“In a complicated world, her steady grace and resolve brought comfort to us all,” the prime minister said, adding that he would miss their “chats” where she was “thoughtful, wise, curious, helpful, funny and so much more.”
“She was one of my favourite people in the world, and I will miss her so,” he said.
Secretary General of the United Nations (UN), Antonio Guterres, said he was deeply saddened at the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, who was admired worldwide for her leadership and devotion.
German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz, stated that he was fond of the Queen’s “wonderful humour” and said in a statement that “her commitment to German-British reconciliation after the horrors of World War Two will remain unforgotten.”
Chinese President, Xi Jinping, offered “sincere sympathies to the British government and people” following the Queen’s death, adding that “Her passing is a great loss to the British people.”
King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands, said he and Queen Maxima remembered the “steadfast and wise” monarch with “deep respect and great affection.”
Sweden’s King, Carl XVI Gustaf, a distant relative to Her Majesty, said: “She has always been dear to my family and a precious link in our shared family history.”
Spain’s King, Felipe, and Queen, Letizia, who have long called Queen Elizabeth Aunt Lilibet said they will “miss her dearly.”
Belgium’s King, Philippe, and Queen, Mathilde, said she was “an extraordinary personality who, throughout her reign, showed dignity, courage and devotion”.
BY TIMES REPORTER