More leaders send tributes as Britain declares period of national mourning after death of Queen Elizabeth II

Condolence messages were inundated on Friday as a nationwide period of mourning began in Britain following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

The 96-year-old monarch, whose reign lasted 70 years, “died peacefully” Thursday afternoon at his Scottish residence Balmoral.

and speech French President Emmanuel Macron has told British and Commonwealth citizens that the late Queen’s “wisdom and empathy” helped pave the way “to overcome the historical ups and downs” of the past 70 years. , we all feel an emptiness.

President Macron paid tribute to her strength and courage “to uphold the values ​​of freedom and tenacity from one century to the next” and said, “For you, she was your queen. For us. , she was a queen, and for all of us she will be with us forever.

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French President Emmanuel Macron places a white rose next to a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II after signing a letter of condolence at the British Embassy in Paris on September 9, 2022. (Christian Hartmann/Pool/AFP via Getty Images)

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said the Queen “best embodied our common European heritage: democracy and the rule of law”, and Germany “looks back with gratitude to the Queen. The Queen said, among many others, that wartime enemies Great Britain and Germany were once again able to reconcile.”

Speaking on behalf of the European Commission to offer condolences, spokesperson Eric Marmer said the late Queen was “a beacon of continuity through these changes, a coldness and dedication that has empowered so many.” I never showed it,” he said.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the Queen was a “strong supporter” of the Alliance and its forces and values, and that “her wisdom, her warmth and her strong personal commitment to transatlantic security”. I always remember the interest,” he said.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday Dedicated “Thoughts and Prayers” To the British Royal Family, Great Britain and the Commonwealth of Nations over “irreparable loss”.

period of national mourning

British government announced guidance On Friday, it said a nationwide period of mourning would begin and continue until the end of the National Funeral Day, which is expected to be held in about 10 days.

Members of the royal family observe another period of royal mourning. Buckingham Palace said This period lasts until seven days after the state funeral, as King Charles III wanted.

Public and private businesses and organizations are under no obligation to close, but some, such as the National Gallery and department store Selfridges, have decided to close on Friday. Many sporting events such as soccer, golf and horse racing have also been postponed.

The Royal Residence flag will remain at half-staff until the morning after the final day of the Royal Morning.

Flags on government buildings and military installations have also been lowered to half mast after the Queen’s death.

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Members of the Royal Army Royal Horse Artillery during the gun salute to commemorate the death of Queen Elizabeth II in Hyde Park, London, 9 September 2022. (Kirsty O’Connor/PA Media)

Thousands gathered in London’s Hyde Park on Friday afternoon to watch the Queen’s death gun salute. Her 96 bullets were fired in the 16-minute ceremony.

Reserves of the 206th Battery 105th Regiment Royal Artillery also fired a 96-gun salute at Hillsborough Castle in Codown, Northern Ireland to mark the death of the Queen.

King Charles III then arrived at Buckingham Palace as the first king to do so, and was greeted by a large crowd of supporters gathered outside the palace.

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Charles III was greeted by the Service-to-Other during a walkabout to see the tribute left outside Buckingham Palace after the death of Queen Elizabeth II on September 9, 2022 in London. (Yui Mok/PA Media)

Prince Charles will have an audience with Prime Minister Liz Truss before attending the Queen’s mourning service at St Paul’s Cathedral in the evening.

The new king, who will be formally declared sovereign on Saturday morning, will make his first televised address as king on Friday night.

Lily Zhou


Lily Zhou is an Ireland-based reporter focusing on UK news. Lily said she attended the Chinese edition of The Epoch Times for the first time before she focused on the UK in 2020.