Queen Elizabeth II. died on Thursday in Balmoral, Scotland. Buckingham Palace announced this in the evening. She lived to be 96 and reigned supreme for 70 years - longer than any other monarch in British history.
The new British king is Charles III. The palace in London officially confirmed this on Thursday after British Prime Minister Liz Truss had called it that. King Charles III was severely shocked by the death of his mother on Thursday. "We are in deep mourning for a cherished sovereign and a well-loved mother," he said. "I know that their loss affects the whole country badly." That also applies to the areas of their rule and the Commonwealth - and to people all over the world. The king plans to return to London with his wife, Queen Camilla, on Friday.
Truss called the Queen's death a "shock to the nation". Elizabeth II was "loved and admired worldwide," Truss said in a brief statement on Thursday evening in front of her Downing Street office in London. "The death of Her Majesty the Queen comes as a great shock to the nation and the world," Truss said.
Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier condoled to the British royal family. “Queen Elizabeth is a woman who shaped a century, in the UK and beyond around the world. She experienced contemporary history and wrote contemporary history,” he wrote to the royal family on Thursday. “Her Majesty was held in the highest esteem and respect throughout the world. Here in Germany, she was admired and revered.”
The death of the Queen was "a deep turning point, the end of an epoch," wrote the German head of state. “As Russia's terrible war of aggression in Ukraine has relentlessly demonstrated to us, peace and freedom in Europe cannot be taken for granted. However, Queen Elizabeth II also experienced that war in Europe can be overcome. And she herself helped to heal the wounds of war," says Steinmeier. The Queen's state visit to Germany in 1965 was one of the most important symbols of the British-German friendship that developed after the war.
Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz praised Elisabeth II as a "role model and inspiration for millions, also 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.
Sympathy in Washington
American President Joe Biden praised 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 alongside 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 highlighted the Queen's support "in our darkest days after 9/11".
UN Secretary-General António Guterres said the Queen, Britain's oldest and longest-serving head of state, was "admired throughout the world for her grace, dignity and devotion". During all the decades of upheaval.
French President Emmanuel Macron said Elizabeth II embodied the continuity and unity of the British nation for over 70 years. "I will remember her as a friend of France, a heartfelt queen who forever shaped her country and her century." represented democracy”.