The new British King Charles III. has expressed his deep sadness at the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II. "We are deeply saddened by the loss of a cherished sovereign and a much-loved mother," Charles said. He added: "I know her loss deeply affects the whole country." This also applies in the areas of their rule and the Commonwealth - and for people all over the world. The Queen died Thursday at Balmoral Castle, Scotland, aged 96.
British Prime Minister Liz Truss praised Elizabeth II as "the rock" "on which modern Britain was built". The Queen's death was a "huge shock to the nation and the world," said the Conservative politician in a speech at London's Downing Street.
The country grew and prospered under her rule, Truss continued. "Because of her, Britain is the great country it is today." For that she was loved by people in the UK and around the world.
Expressions of grief from Germany
Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier condoled the British royal family on the death of the Queen. "Queen Elizabeth II is a woman who has shaped a century," he wrote to the royal family, according to a spokeswoman. She experienced contemporary history and wrote it herself. "Her Majesty was held in the highest esteem and respect throughout the world."
The death of the Queen was "a deep turning point, the end of an epoch," wrote the German head of state. "As Russia's terrible war of aggression in Ukraine showed us ruthlessly, peace and freedom in Europe cannot be taken for granted. But Queen Elizabeth II has also experienced that war in Europe can be overcome. And she herself contributed to the to heal the wounds of war," emphasized Steinmeier. The Queen's state visit to Germany in 1965 was one of the most important symbols of the British-German friendship that developed after the war.
Former Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) paid tribute to the "outstanding importance" of the late Queen. "With her death, an era comes to an end," Merkel is quoted as saying. "There are no words that can even begin to appreciate the paramount importance of this Queen, her sense of duty, moral integrity, devotion and dignity over seven decades for the UK, for Europe and for the world."
Federal Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock also expressed her regret at the death of the British Queen. "We mourn with our British friends
CDU party leader Friedrich Merz also regretted the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Her death filled him with "deep sadness," Merz wrote on Twitter. "For 70 years she was an international symbol of reliability and dignity." The CDU will start its party conference on Friday in Hanover with a minute's silence for the Queen, wrote Merz.
The German Bundestag interrupted its debate on Thursday evening to pay tribute to the late monarch in a minute's silence. The parliamentarians rose from their seats.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres was "deeply saddened" by the death of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II. Guterres sent his condolences to the Queen's family and to the people of Britain and the Commonwealth.
Elizabeth II, who also visited the UN headquarters twice during her time as Queen, was admired around the world for her "grace, dignity and devotion," Guterres said. In decades of change, she offered a "reassuring presence." "The world will long remember her dedication and leadership."
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg expressed his condolences to the British royal family. The Norwegian politician wrote on Twitter that he was "deeply saddened" by the death of the Queen. "For more than 70 years she was an example of selfless leadership and public service." His deepest condolences also go to the NATO allies Great Britain and Canada and to the people of the Commonwealth.
Biden: Queen Elizabeth II defined an era
US President Joe Biden called the Queen a unique stateswoman. "Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was more than a monarch. She shaped an era," Biden announced in Washington on Thursday. "She endured the dangers and hardships of a world war at the side of the British people and rallied them during the devastation of a global pandemic". And further: "Queen Elizabeth II was a stateswoman of unmatched dignity and steadfastness, who deepened the rock-solid alliance between the United Kingdom and the United States."
Former US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama praised the Queen's dedicated leadership and political legacy. "She listened well, thought strategically and was responsible for considerable diplomatic successes. And yet she carried her high titles with a certain ease."
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy also offered his condolences on the Queen's death. "On behalf of the Ukrainian people, we offer our sincere condolences to the Royal Family, the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth for this irreparable loss," Zelenskyy wrote on Twitter. "Our thoughts and prayers are with you." Great Britain is internationally one of the most important supporters of Ukraine in the defense against the Russian invasion.
"For many decades, Elizabeth II has rightly enjoyed the love and respect of her subjects and her worldwide reputation," Russian President Vladimir Putin wrote in a telegram of condolences to the new King Charles III, according to the Kremlin. Putin asked the successor to convey his condolences to the royal family and the people of Britain. The Queen received the Kremlin chief at Buckingham Palace in London in 2003, and Putin rudely kept her waiting.
Trump: May the Queen 'reign forever in our hearts'
Former US President Donald Trump paid tribute to the late British Queen's "tremendous legacy of peace and prosperity". "May God bless the Queen, may she reign forever in our hearts and may God keep her and Prince Philip in the constant care of her," Trump wrote on Truth Social, a platform he co-founded. He also expressed his condolences to the British on behalf of his wife Melania. The Queen will forever be remembered for her loyalty to her country and her unwavering devotion to her countrymen and women.
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau commemorated Queen Elizabeth II's "wisdom, compassion and warmth" after her death. Canadians would remember this forever, Trudeau wrote via short message service Twitter. His thoughts and those of Canadians are with the British royal family at this "most difficult time".
Elton John is "deeply sad"
British musician Elton John (75) was "deeply saddened" by the death of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II. "Queen Elizabeth was a big part of my life from childhood to now and I will miss her dearly," the musician wrote on Twitter. "She had an inspiring presence, guiding the country through some of our biggest and darkest moments with grace, grace and a genuine compassionate warmth."
James Bond actor Daniel Craig reacted "deeply sad". "My thoughts are with the royal family, those they loved and all those they loved," said the 54-year-old, who starred in "No Time To Die." Times as a secret agent in the service of Her Majesty, the British news agency PA. "She leaves an unparalleled legacy and will be greatly missed."
British actress Helen Mirren praised Elizabeth II as "the epitome of nobility". "I'm proud to be Elizabethan," Mirren wrote on Instagram. "We mourn the loss of a woman who, with or without a crown, was the epitome of nobility."