Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was more than a monarch. She defined an era.
In an ever-changing world, she was a stable presence and a source of comfort and pride for generations of Britons, many of whom never knew their country without her. A lasting admiration for Queen Elizabeth II has united people across the Commonwealth. The seven decades of his historic reign witnessed an era of unprecedented human progress and the advancement of human dignity.
She was the first British monarch with whom people around the world could feel a personal and immediate connection, whether they heard her on the radio as a young princess addressing children in the UK, or gathered around from their televisions for his coronation, or watched his last Christmas speech or his platinum jubilee on their phones. And she, in turn, devoted her whole life to their service.
Supported by her beloved Prince Philip for 73 years, Queen Elizabeth II has always led with grace, an unwavering commitment to duty and the matchless power of her example. She endured the dangers and hardships of a world war alongside the British people and rallied them during the devastation of a global pandemic to look forward to better days. Through her dedication to her sponsorships and charities, she has supported causes that have uplifted people and expanded opportunity. By showing friendship and respect to newly independent nations around the world, she raised the cause of freedom and fostered lasting bonds that helped to strengthen the Commonwealth, which she loved so dearly, into a community for promote peace and shared values.
Queen Elizabeth II was a stateswoman of unparalleled dignity and steadfastness who deepened the fundamental alliance between the United Kingdom and the United States. She helped make our relationship special.
We first met the Queen in 1982, traveling to the UK as part of a Senate delegation. And we were honored that she extended her hospitality to us in June 2021 on our first overseas trip as President and First Lady, where she charmed us with her wit, moved us with her kindness and generously shared his wisdom with us. In total, she met 14 American presidents. She helped Americans commemorate both the anniversary of the founding of Jamestown and the bicentennial of our independence. And she stood in solidarity with the United States during our darkest days after 9/11, when she poignantly reminded us that “grief is the price we pay for love.”
In the years to come, we look forward to continuing a close friendship with the King and Queen Consort. Today, the thoughts and prayers of people across the United States are with the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth in their grief. We send our deepest condolences to the Royal Family, who mourn not only their Queen, but also their dear mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. His legacy will figure prominently in the pages of British history and in the history of our world.