U.S. President Joe Biden led tributes to the “incomparable” Queen Elizabeth II, who died Thursday aged 96.
The British monarch died peacefully at Balmoral Fort in Scotland Thursday, Buckingham Palace introduced. Her eldest son Charles is now king.
Tributes to the late ruler got here in from leaders around the globe.
Biden — the 14th U.S. president Elizabeth II would meet — described the queen in a press release as a “steadying presence” who “outlined an period” stuffed with unprecedented human development. He mentioned she was “the primary British monarch to whom folks all around the globe might really feel a private and fast connection.”
“Supported by her beloved Prince Philip for 73 years, Queen Elizabeth II led all the time with grace, an unwavering dedication to responsibility, and the incomparable energy of her instance,” he mentioned. The queen’s legacy would, Biden added, “loom giant within the pages of British historical past, and within the story of our world.”
French President Emmanuel Macron paid tribute to the queen as a determine who “embodied the British nation’s continuity and unity” throughout her reign.
“I keep in mind her as a pal of France, a kind-hearted queen who has left an enduring impression on her nation and her century,” Macron said.
The lights of the Eiffel Tower had been extinguished on Thursday night time in tribute to the queen, with Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo expressing “Parisians’ deep sorrow and disappointment.”
United Nations Secretary-Normal António Guterres said she was “admired worldwide for her management & devotion.”
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau described the late ruler as a “fixed presence in our lives” whose “service to Canadians will ceaselessly stay an essential a part of our nation’s historical past.”
European Fee President Ursula von der Leyen mentioned the queen’s “empathy and talent to attach with each passing era, whereas remaining rooted within the traditions that really mattered to her, was an instance of true management.”
The queen was the primary reigning sovereign to go to Australia when she did so in 1954. Prime Minister Anthony Albanese — a republican — said the queen was a “monarch who let her humanity present, performing her responsibility with constancy, integrity and humor.”
The queen made an historic state go to to the Republic of Eire in 2011 that represented the primary by a monarch since 1911, when the whole island of Eire was nonetheless a part of the UK. Eire’s head of state, Michael D. Higgins, paid tribute to the queen and mentioned her go to was “pivotal” in enhancing understanding between Britain and Eire.
“Throughout these memorable few days eleven years in the past, the queen didn’t draw back from the shadows of the previous. Her transferring phrases and gestures of respect had been deeply appreciated and admired by the folks of Eire,” Higgins mentioned.
Northern Irish First Minister-designate Michelle O’Neill — of the Irish republican Sinn Féin — mentioned she was grateful for Queen Elizabeth II’s contribution towards Northern Eire’s peace course of within the Nineteen Nineties.
“All through the peace course of she led by instance in constructing relationships with these of us who’re Irish, and who share a distinct political allegiance and aspirations to herself and her authorities,” O’Neill tweeted.
Indian chief Narendra Modi, who described the queen as a “stalwart of our instances,” mentioned that he cherished one specific assembly with the monarch.
“Throughout one of many conferences she confirmed me the handkerchief Mahatma Gandhi gifted her on her marriage ceremony. I’ll all the time cherish that gesture,” Modi said.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy expressed his “honest condolences” to the royal household, U.Okay. and Commonwealth.