Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has died at the age of 96. This was announced by Buckingham Palace on Thursday evening. Within minutes, numerous expressions of insult from all over the world reached Buckingham Palace.
Chancellor Olaf Scholz praised Britain's Queen Elizabeth II as a "role model and inspiration for millions, including here in Germany". On Thursday evening after the Queen's death became known, Scholz emphasized above all her commitment "for German-British reconciliation after the horrors of the Second World War". This one will not be forgotten. "She will be missed, not least her wonderful sense of humor," wrote Scholz.
Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier sent condolences to the British royal family on the death of Queen Elizabeth II. "Queen Elizabeth II is a woman who has shaped a century," he wrote to the royal family on Thursday, 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."
UN Secretary-General António Guterres said he was "deeply saddened" by the death of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II. Guterres expressed his condolences to the Queen's family and the people of Britain and the Commonwealth in a statement on Thursday.
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."
US President Joe Biden paid tribute to the late British Queen Elizabeth II as a unique stateswoman. "Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was more than a monarch. She shaped an era," Biden announced in Washington on Thursday. The seven decades of her historic rule were an age of unprecedented human progress, in which she was there for her country even in times of crisis. "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". "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," Biden continued. He also emphasized the Queen's support "in our darkest days after 9/11".
Former US President Donald Trump paid tribute to the late British Queen Elizabeth II'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 Thursday 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 be "forever remembered for her loyalty to her country and her unwavering devotion to her countrymen and women."
Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi has expressed his condolences on the death of Queen Elizabeth II. "She represented the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth with balance, wisdom, respect for institutions and democracy," said a statement from his official seat, Palazzo Chigi, on Thursday evening. She ensured stability in times of crisis and knew how to keep the value of tradition alive in a society in constant and profound development.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has offered his condolences on the death of Queen Elizabeth II. "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 tweeted on Thursday evening. "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.
The Norwegian royal family reacted with great sadness to the news of the death of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen devoted herself to her work and followed the British people through joys and sorrows as well as ups and downs, Norway's King Harald V. (85) was quoted as saying in a statement by the Norwegian royal family on Thursday evening. "Our condolences also go to the British people." According to the court, Harald decided to lower the flags at half-mast on the Oslo palace balcony on Friday.
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 on Thursday. "She had an inspiring presence, guiding the country through some of our biggest and darkest moments with grace, grace and a genuine compassionate warmth."