Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, who was the second longest-reigning monarch in history after Louis XIV of France, died yesterday at the age of 96. Many leaders around the world have issued statements paying tribute to him.
He died peacefully at his estate in Balmoral, Scotland, according to a Buckingham Palace statement.
Queen Elizabeth II’s eldest son, Charles, is immediately succeeded as king according to centuries of protocol, beginning a new, less certain chapter for the royal family after the Queen’s record-breaking 70-year reign. .
King Charles said in a statement: “The passing of my beloved mother, Her Majesty the Queen, is a very sad moment for me and all my family members.”
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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman condoled the death of Queen Elizabeth to British King Charles III early Friday, according to two statements on state news agency SPA.
“His glory was a role model for leadership that will be immortalized in history,” said the king.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom’s de facto ruler, said the world will remember the great influence and great work he has done throughout his career.
After Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin is returned to London, she will “lay in state” for about four days before her funeral at Westminster Hall, the BBC reports. This would allow members of the public to enter the past.
The Grand Hall is the oldest part of the Palace of Westminster at the center of the British government. The last member of the royal family to lie in state in the hall was the Queen Mother in 2002.
My deepest condolences to the Royal Family, the people of the United Kingdom and the people of the Commonwealth on the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. She was an inspiration to many Americans, and through her leadership created an even deeper US-UK alliance.
— Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) 9 September 2022
US President Joe Biden ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff at the White House and other federal buildings on Thursday in honor of Britain’s late Queen Elizabeth II.
A White House announcement said flags would also be lowered at US Navy ships, military outposts and naval stations, and at all US embassies and other facilities abroad.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Friday that the death of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II is a “great loss” to the world.
“The passing of the Queen, who led Britain through turbulent times in the world, is a great loss not only to the British people but also to the international community,” he told reporters.
Kishida praised the queen’s “extremely important role in world peace and stability”, adding that she had “contributed greatly to the strengthening of Japan-UK relations”.