Monarchies across Europe pay tribute to the Queen | royal | New

Britain’s longest-reigning monarch died peacefully at her home in Scotland on Thursday aged 96. She served her country and the Commonwealth for 70 years and her death prompted tributes from around the world.

Spain’s King Felipe has sent a telegram of condolences to the British Royal Family. Felipe, who called the late monarch “Dear Aunt Lilibeth,” said in the post, “You are all in our hearts and thoughts. She will be sorely missed.”

Felipe and Queen Letizia joined the late monarch in March at a service of thanksgiving for Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at Westminster Abbey in London.

The King of Spain was invested as a Supernumerary Knight of the Garter in 2019.

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium said in a statement: “It is with great sadness that we learned of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

“We are very grateful for the close friendship between our countries, to which Queen Elizabeth has made such an unforgettable contribution.”

A statement issued on behalf of His Royal Highness Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa reads: “The Grand Duke and Grand Duchess are deeply moved and saddened by the news of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, a monarch deeply attached to the friendship between our two countries and a faithful friend of the Grand Ducal family.”

The Norwegian Royal Family said in a statement that its members were deeply saddened to hear the news while King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden said: “With sadness my family and I learned today that my dear relative, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has passed away.

“The Queen has served her countries and the Commonwealth with exceptional dedication and sense of duty. She has been a constant presence, not only in British society but internationally.

“Plus, she has always been a good friend to my family and a connection to our shared family history.”

Religious and world leaders also paid tribute to the Queen, including Pope Francis who said he was deeply saddened by the news of her death.

Pope Francis said on Thursday he was deeply saddened by the death of Queen Elizabeth II and offered his condolences to her family and her successor, King Charles.

The Pontiff, in a telegram to King Charles III, said: “I gladly join all those who mourn her loss in praying for the eternal rest of the late Queen and paying homage to her life of unwavering service for the good of the nation and the Commonwealth. .”

US President Joe Biden and his wife Jill said in a statement: “In an ever-changing world, she was a constant presence and a source of comfort and pride for generations of Britons, many of whom never knew their country without it.

“His legacy will loom large in the pages of British history and in the history of our world.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said it was with a heavy heart that the world learned of the passing of Canada’s longest-reigning ruler.

He said: “She was a constant presence in our lives and her service to Canadians will forever remain an important part of our country’s history.”

Mary I. Bruner