Leaders from all corners of the globe pay tribute to one of the most important figures in contemporary history
The world was on edge yesterday during the hours that passed since the British Royal House revealed that the state of health of Queen Elizabeth II was “worrying” until her death was reported. The death of one of the most important figures in contemporary history left no one indifferent and messages of condolence came from all corners of the world.
One of the first to react was the new UK Prime Minister. Liz Truss, with whom the queen met just four days ago, her last appearance in public, pointed to the beginning of “a new era” with the arrival of her son, now King Charles III, to the throne. “We enter a new era of our history as his majesty would have wished. God save the king », Truss affirmed as the culmination of a brief speech at the gates of Downing Street, where she recalled the figure of the late monarch. Thus, the ‘premier’ valued the figure of Elizabeth II for her “long life of service”, something that served her with praise not only from the British population, but from citizens “from all over the world” . “Queen Elizabeth II provided us with the stability and strength that we needed,” she insisted.
From neighboring Scotland, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, a supporter of Scottish independence, said that the death of Queen Elizabeth II was “a deeply sad moment for the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and the world”. “Her life of hers was marked by extraordinary dedication and service. On behalf of the people of Scotland, I offer my deepest condolences to the King and the Royal Family,” she said on Twitter.
In the European Union there were several voices that lamented the death. “Once named Elizabeth the Unbreakable, she never failed to show us the importance of enduring values in a modern world, of her service and commitment,” European Council President Charles Michel wrote in a brief message on social media. social.
Buckingham Palace staff posts a message announcing the queen’s death
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen described her as a “legend” who “represents the entire history of Europe.” The head of the Community Executive sent a formal letter of condolences to the new King Charles III of England in which she stressed that the missing monarch was “a source of great strength for many and an anchor of stability in the most difficult times.”
The High Representative for Foreign Policy of the EU, Josep Borrell, assured that his loss “will be felt throughout the world” and applauds his contribution to peace. “The European Union pays tribute to its unique contribution to building peace and reconciliation,” said the head of European diplomacy in a message posted on social networks.
For his part, the Prime Minister of Italy, Mario Draghi, lamented the death of “a key figure in world history over the last 70 years”, and sent his condolences to his family and to the entire British people. “He was the most beloved symbol of his country and he earned the respect, affection and affection of the whole world,” Draghi said.
French leader Emmanuel Macron, who maintained a close relationship with the British monarch, described her as “a friend of France, a queen at heart” who “marked her country and her century forever.” “Her Majesty Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II embodied the continuity and unity of the British nation for more than 70 years. I keep the memory of a friend from France».
Pope Francis declared himself “deeply saddened” and paid tribute to the “life of tireless service”, to his “devotion to duty” and “to his unwavering testimony of faith in Jesus Christ”.
From the other side of the Atlantic, the US president, Joe Biden, praised a “stateswoman of unparalleled dignity and perseverance”, considered that she was “more than a monarch. She embodied an era ». He also stated that she hopes to work with her son, King Carlos III, with whom she has a “close friendship.”
UN Secretary-General António Guterres praised “the grace, dignity and dedication” of Queen Elizabeth II, who was a “reassuring presence during decades of far-reaching change, including decolonization in Africa and Asia.”