Queen Elizabeth II is the longest reigning monarch in Britain. The Queen died on Thursday after ruling for 70 years. She was 96 years old.
US President Joe Biden mentioned his meeting with the Queen in 1982 and the host she hosted during his trip abroad in 2021.
“He charmed us with his wisdom, impressed us with his kindness and generously shared his wisdom with us,” Biden said. She stood in solidarity with the United States of America during our darkest days after 9/11, when she poignantly reminded us, ‘Grief is the price we pay for love’.
French President Emmanuel Macron paid tribute, saying the Queen was a “compassionate empress” and a “friend of France”.
Macron said Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II embodied the continuity and unity of the British nation for more than 70 years.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz described the queen as a role model and inspiration to millions.
He said that he had a commendable role in improving relations between Britain and Germany after the horrors of World War II.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Queen Elizabeth was ‘one of his favorite people in the world’.
“She was a constant presence in our lives and her service to the Canadian people will always be an important part of our nation’s history,” Trudeau said. I will miss them dearly.”
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said many people would never have known the world without him. “Despite years of commotion, he displayed a timeless decency and an enduring calmness,” said Albanese. She celebrated our good times and stood by us in bad times. She was determined as well as happy and proud.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the Queen as an ‘extraordinary’ person. Israel’s President Isaac Herzog also acknowledged the vast transformation the queen has seen throughout her reign, but said that during this time she remained “an icon of stable, responsible leadership, morality, humanity and patriotism.”
Jordan’s King Abdullah II said his country mourns the passing of a distinguished leader. He said the Queen, who visited Jordan in 1984, was the flag bearer of wisdom and principled leadership.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has met the Queen several times, expressed his ‘deepest condolences’ to King Charles III.
Putin wrote in a statement, “The most important events in the recent history of Britain are inextricably linked with Her Majesty’s name. For many decades Elizabeth II enjoyed the love and respect of her people as well as her authority on the world stage.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky tweeted that he was deeply saddened when he learned of this ‘irreparable loss’.
Kenya’s newly-elected President William Ruto praised the Queen’s “historic legacy”.
Former US President Barack Obama said the Queen captivated the world with her arrival “a governance defined by splendid, aristocratic and tireless working ethic”.
Obama, who has met with the Queen on several occasions, said, “We were struck by her warmth over and over again, especially the way she put people at ease, captivating the atmosphere with her humor and charm.”
Another former US President Donald Trump said he will never forget His Excellency’s generous friendship, great wisdom and amazing sense of humour. She wrote on her online platform Truth Social, “How gorgeous and beautiful she was, there was no one like her.”
EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the Queen’s “empathy and her ability to connect with each passing generation was an example of true leadership”.
King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands – who is Queen Elizabeth’s fifth cousin – said he and Queen Maxima remembered the ‘firm and wise’ empress with great respect and affection.
“She has always been dear to my family and an invaluable link in our shared family history,” said Carl XVI Gustaf, a distant relative of the Queen and King of Sweden.
King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium said she was an extraordinary personality who showed dignity, courage and dedication throughout her reign.
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman offered their condolences. King described him as a role model of leadership that would go down in history.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said: “The passing of Her Majesty, 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.”
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said, “Tributes to his unwavering, lifelong dedication to serving the people. The world will remember his dedication and leadership for a long time.
Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe tweeted, “I am saddened to learn of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. She was the epitome of stability and endurance, and will be greatly missed. My heartfelt condolences to the Royal Family and the people of the UK and Commonwealth.
The Queen visited Sri Lanka twice during her reign, in 1954 and 1981.