This week, we mourn the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Our thoughts and prayers are with the King, the Royal Family, and with citizens around the world, whose lives were touched, in some way, by our late Queen.
Her Majesty the late Elizabeth II was not only a beacon of light to British and Commonwealth citizens across the world but also to the American public who recognised her dedicated service and selfless work for seventy glorious years.
Throughout her service as Head of State and our nation’s greatest diplomat, she not only built relationships with fifteen British Prime Ministers, but also thirteen of the last fourteen US Presidents. Leaders from both nations have commemorated Her Majesty as a constant example of wise experience, patience and fortitude.
In a statement from the White House, the current President and First Lady of the United States recollected memories of Her Majesty throughout the years.
“We first met the Queen in 1982, travelling to the UK as part of a Senate delegation. And we were honored that she extended her hospitality to us in June 2021 during our first overseas trip as President and First Lady, where she charmed us with her wit, moved us with her kindness, and generously shared with us her wisdom. All told, she met 14 American presidents. She helped Americans commemorate both the anniversary of the founding of Jamestown and the bicentennial of our independence. And she stood in solidarity with the United States during our darkest days after 9/11, when she poignantly reminded us that ‘Grief is the price we pay for love.’”
The outpouring of affection at the Platinum Jubilee, from people across the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth, was a reminder of the depth of respect and appreciation that she engendered. We are grateful for the everlasting memories that will be treasured.
This is a difficult time for us all. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II made a global impact with her dignity, constancy and devotion to duty. She will be missed sorely by the King, the Royal Family, and citizens of the world alike.
God save the King.