“The world will long remember her devotion and leadership,” he concluded.As the UK’s longest-lived and longest-reigning Head of State, the 96-year-old Queen was widely admired for her “grace, dignity, and dedication around the world,” he said in a statement.
‘Good friend’ to Organization
Over the past year, she had delegated some royal duties to her eldest son, Prince Charles, the heir to the throne, including presiding over the state opening of Parliament in May. It was the first time since 1963 that the Queen did not attend the ceremony.
“She was a reassuring presence throughout decades of sweeping change, including the decolonization of Africa and Asia and the evolution of the Commonwealth”.
‘Devotion and leadership’
“I would like to pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II for her unwavering, lifelong dedication to serving her people”.
Last days in Scotland
Mr. Guterres extended his sincere condolences to her bereaved family, the Government and people of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the wider Commonwealth of Nations.
Queen Elizabeth II died on the estate known as Balmoral Castle in Scotland, which had served as a royal summer retreat.
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