President Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden led global tributes to Queen Elizabeth II, releasing a two-page statement on the monarch’s passing.
“Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was more than a monarch,” the president’s statement began. “She defined an era.”
The Bidens reflected on their first meeting with the Queen in 1982 and the hospitality they showed later in 2021. She has met 14 US presidents in her lifetime.
Liz Trusswho only became this week British Prime Minister, earlier today took part in a press conference on the death of Queen Elizabeth II. In a statement, Truss called the monarch “the rock on which modern Britain was built”.
Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who would have been one of the last people to see the queen during her lifetime, also released a statement. “This is our country’s saddest day,” he wrote. “In the hearts of each of us there is pain at the passing of our Queen, a deep and personal sense of loss.”
Closer to home and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese celebrated the Queen’s “historic reign” and her “long life of duty, family, faith and service”.
Pope Francis said he joined the mourners and paid tribute to his devotion to duty. “I gladly join all who mourn her loss in praying for the eternal rest of the late Queen and paying tribute to her life of unswerving service for the good of the nation and the Commonwealth, her example of devotion to duty, her unshakeable testimony of faith in Jesus Christ and firm hope in his promises.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said Queen Elizabeth II was “widely admired for her grace, dignity and devotion around the world”.
He added: “She has been a reassuring presence throughout decades of sweeping change… The world will long remember her dedication and leadership. The world will long remember his dedication and leadership.
Somehow find the time to issue a statement while at war, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky shared his “sincere condolences to the Royal Family, the whole of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth”.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with you.” On behalf of the people, we send our sincere condolences to the Royal Family, the whole of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth for this irreparable loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.”
Finally, while he may not technically be a world leader, Paddington Bear also paid tribute. He recently appeared in a sketch published for the Queen’s Jubilee ceremony.
Thank you Madam, for everything.
— Paddington (@paddingtonbear) September 8, 2022