26 September 2023

Commonwealth: Public Servants pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II

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Senior Government and political figures from around the world have paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II after it was announced that the United Kingdom’s longest-serving monarch had died aged 96.

UK Prime Minister, Liz Truss, who took office in a meeting with the Queen only two days earlier, said she “was the rock on which modern Britain was built”.

Ms Truss said the death was “a huge shock to the nation and to the world…our country has grown and flourished under her reign”.

“Britain is the great country it is today because of her.”

Head of the Public Service, and Cabinet Secretary, Simon Case, joined the tributes in a letter to King Charles III.

“On behalf of all members, at home and abroad, of His Majesty’s Civil Service may I convey our most sincere condolences, and our deepest sympathy, on the very sad death of your mother and our sovereign, Mr Case said.

Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau said the Queen had been “a constant presence in our lives — and her service to Canadians will forever remain an important part of our country’s history”.

Governor General of Canada, Mary Simon said Canadians across the country would mourn the loss of the Queen.

Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern expressed New Zealanders’ deep sadness at the passing “a monarch with an unwavering sense of duty”, noting the Queen had visited New Zealand on 10 occasions.

Secretary-General of the NATO alliance, Jens Stoltenberg said he was deeply saddened by the passing of Her Majesty.

“Over more than 70 years, she exemplified selfless leadership and public service,” Mr Stoltenberg said.

“My deepest condolences go to the Royal Family, to our NATO allies the United Kingdom and Canada, and to the people of the Commonwealth.”

London, 10 September 2022

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