Queen Elizabeth II: world leaders remember a “big-hearted queen”

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Barack Obama, then President, and Her Majesty at a state banquet at Buckingham Palace in 2011.

Leaders and dignitaries around the world paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, who died at the age of 96.

They paid tribute to his deep sense of duty and resilience, as well as his sense of humor and kindness.

The Senegalese Head of State, Macky, speaking on the “sad news of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elisabeth II”, hailed “the memory of the illustrious deceased, with an exceptional career.”

Cameroonian President Paul Biya, whose country is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, offered his condolences to the family. He says the Queen’s passing is “painfully felt and affects the Commonwealth of Nations, due to her unique stature and iconic role in history.”

The incumbent president of The Gambia, also a member of the Commonwealth, offered his condolences to the royal family. “She lived an exemplary life of selflessness, tenacity and dedication to service,” he wrote on Twitter.

Mr. Alassane Ouattara of Côte d’Ivoire, for his part, hailed ”the memory of an exceptional stateswoman, with great human qualities.”

Mohamed Bazoum, President of the Republic of Niger speaks of “great loss for the United Kingdom and the whole world.” He also adds that “History will remember her as a courageous, lucid queen steeped in the values ​​of humanism.”

French President Emmanuel Macron spoke of “a queen with a big heart” who was “a friend of France”.

Former US President Barack Obama said the Queen had “captivated the world” with a “reign defined by grace, elegance and a tireless work ethic”.

“Time and time again we were struck by her warmth, the way she put people at ease and the way she brought her considerable humor and charm to moments of great pomp,” Ms. Obama, who has met the Queen several times.

Current US President Joe Biden has described the Queen as “more than a monarch – she marked an era”.

Describing his 2021 visit to the UK as President, Joe Biden testified: “She charmed us with her wit, moved us with her kindness and generously shared her wisdom with us.”

Queen Elizabeth II met 14 US presidents during her reign.

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The Queen with Joe and Jill Biden last year at the G7 summit in Cornwall, Britain.

Former US President Donald Trump said he will “never forget Her Majesty’s generous friendship, great wisdom and wonderful sense of humor”.

“What a tall, beautiful lady she was – there was no one like her!” he wrote on his online platform, Truth Social.

The Queen has also reigned under 12 Canadian prime ministers. Speaking shortly after news of her passing, an emotional Justin Trudeau said she had “a deep and lasting love evident for Canadians.”

“In a complicated world, her constant grace and determination gave us all comfort,” Trudeau said, adding that he would miss their “conversations” as she was “thoughtful, wise, curious, helpful, funny and so much more. “.

“She was one of my favorite people in the world, and I will miss her so much,” he added, holding back tears.

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Her Majesty has met Canadian Justin Trudeau on several occasions, including earlier this year in Windsor.

King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands – who is Queen Elizabeth’s fifth cousin – said he and Queen Maxima remember the “steadfast and wise” monarch with “deep respect and great affection”. .

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium for their part underlined that the queen was “an extraordinary personality… who, throughout her reign, showed dignity, courage and devotion”.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi recalled his “memorable meetings” with the monarch during two visits to the UK.

“I will never forget her warmth and kindness,” he tweeted. “During one of these meetings, she showed me the handkerchief that Mahatma Gandhi gave her at his wedding. I will always cherish this gesture.”

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Queen Elizabeth II and Indian President Narendra Modi at Buckingham Palace in 2015.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz paid tribute to the Queen’s “wonderful humour” and said in a statement that “her commitment to German-British reconciliation after the horrors of World War II will remain unforgettable.”

“A reassuring presence”

As monarch for seven decades, Queen Elizabeth lived through times of extraordinary change, which was reflected in several tributes.

As Barack Obama pointed out, it has gone through “periods of prosperity and stagnation, from the moon landing to the fall of the Berlin Wall”.

Irish President Michael D Higgins paid tribute to the Queen’s “extraordinary sense of duty”, which “will hold a unique place in British history”.

“Her 70-year reign encompassed periods of enormous change, during which she was a remarkable source of comfort to the British people,” he said in a lengthy statement.

“This reassurance was based on a realism of the meaning of current events, rather than a narrow conception of history.”

The Taoiseach (Prime Minister and Head of Government) of Ireland Micheál Martin spoke of her reign as a “historic span” and described the Queen’s passing as “the end of an era”.

“His dedication to duty and public service was evident and his wisdom and experience truly unique,” ​​Mr. Martin acknowledged in a statement. He also recalled his “many gracious gestures and warm remarks” during a state visit to Ireland in 2011.

António Guterres, the UN Secretary General, testified that Queen Elizabeth was “a reassuring presence throughout decades of sweeping change, including the decolonization of Africa and Asia and the evolving Commonwealth”. .

In a statement, he paid tribute to his “unwavering, lifelong dedication to serving his people. The world will long remember his dedication and leadership.”

Israeli President Isaac Herzog also acknowledged the enormous changes the Queen has gone through throughout her reign, but said she has “remained an icon of stable and responsible leadership, and a beacon of morality, humanity and of patriotism”.

While the Queen has not visited Israel, Charles, Edward, William and the late Prince Philip – whose mother is buried in Jerusalem – have.

“Queen Elizabeth was a historic figure: she lived history, she made history, and with her passing she leaves a beautiful and inspiring legacy,” President Herzog wrote.

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