Biden, Macron, Trudeau, Zelensky Other world leaders mourn Queen Elizabeth’s death

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Condolences poured in after the Announcement of Queen Elizabeth’s death at the age of 96 on Thursday at her residence in Balmoral, ending a historic 70-year reign on the throne.

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In a statement released shortly after the Queen’s death, the US president said: Joe Biden said she “defined an era,” a “steadfast presence and a source of comfort and pride to generations of Britons” who oversaw “an era of unprecedented human progress and the forward march of human dignity.”

French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted his condolences, saying the Queen “embodies the continuity and unity of the British nation for over 70 years”, calling her a “friend of France” and a “kind-hearted Queen who has left a lasting impression on her country”.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau the Queen called a “constant presence in our lives,” adding “her service to the Canadians will forever remain an important part of our country’s history.”

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky expressed “sincere condolences to the Royal Family, the whole of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth” on the “irreparable loss”.

In a pronunciation of Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s son, King Charles said the royal family is going through a “moment of greatest sorrow” as they “mourn deeply the passing of a cherished sovereign and much-beloved mother.”

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres wrote that he is “deeply saddened” at the news, adding that she was “admired worldwide for her leadership and dedication”, and a “close friend to the UN and a reassuring presence through decades of change”.

Outgoing British Prime Minister Boris Johnson released a pronunciation shortly after her death, writing “in the hearts of each of us there is a pain in the passing of our Queen, a deep and personal sense of loss, perhaps much more intense than we expected … she seemed so timeless and so wonderful that I’m afraid we had come to believe, like children, that she would just carry on.”

Former Prime Minister of the UK Gordon Brown wrote, “the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and the whole world are united in mourning.”

British Prime Minister Liz Truss-who was appointed by the queen earlier this week-tweeted earlier on Thursday “the whole country will be deeply concerned about the news of Buckingham Palace this lunchtime”, adding that “the thoughts and thoughts of the people of our United Kingdom are with Her Majesty the Queen and her family at this time.”

Some British football clubs also tweeted their condolences including Everton, Plymouth Argyle FC, Sunderland AFC, Birmingham City FC, Leeds United, Leicester City, Manchester United and Manchester Citywho wrote that the Queen’s “dedication and service has been exemplary”.

Former CEO of Disney Robert Iger said that “the world has lost an extraordinary person”, calling her death “the real and sad end of an era”.

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UK officials have not released the Queen’s cause of death, though her health had been a concern for the past year, after being hospitalized in October last year, spraining her back a month later, testing positive for Covid in February -19 and began to step back from public life. Late last year, royal family officials said the Queen was entering a “new phase” of her historic 70-year reign – the longest a British monarch has spent on the throne. She died as the longest reigning monarch in British history.

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