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America’s leaders pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II as a heat, steady leader

America responded to Thursday’s dying of Queen Elizabeth II with an outpouring of respect for Britain’s longest-serving monarch, and gratitude for her continuous efforts to strengthen the U.S.-British alliance.

President Biden praised her as a “stateswoman of unmatched dignity” who “was more than a monarch. She defined an era.”

Though the 2 males agree on little else, former President Donald Trump spoke equally.

“What a grand and beautiful lady she was — there was nobody like her!” mentioned former President Donald Trump, who met the queen at Windsor Castle in July 2018. “She will always be remembered for her faithfulness to her country and her unwavering devotion to her fellow countrymen and women.”

Former President Barack Obama, certainly one of 14 U.S. presidents to meet with Elizabeth, mentioned she “captivated the world” with the instance of her reign that started in 1952 when she was 25.

“She listened deeply, thought strategically, and was responsible for considerable diplomatic achievements,” Mr. Obama mentioned. “Time and again, we were struck by her warmth, the way she put people at ease, and how she brought her considerable humor and charm to moments of great pomp and circumstance.”

Mr. Biden mentioned the late queen was instrumental to the “bedrock Alliance” between the U.S. and Britain, and he pledged that the connection would proceed below King Charles III.

“The thoughts and prayers of people all across the United States are with the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth in their grief,” Mr. Biden mentioned. “We send our deepest condolences to the Royal Family, who are not only mourning their Queen, but their dear mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.”

At the British embassy in Washington, mourners positioned flowers in honor of the 96-year-old monarch.

District resident Sharon Hubley mentioned the queen “really showed you what duty is all about, and steadfastness.”

“She was a great lady,” she advised DCist.com.

Elizabeth visited the U.S. six instances, starting in 1951 when she had not but ascended the throne. A lover of horses, she rode horseback with President Reagan at his California ranch in 1983.

Former columnist Ken Herman of the Austin American-Statesman recalled meeting the queen on her go to to Texas in 1991 throughout the presidency of Republican George H.W. Bush.

“We talked about baseball, perhaps making me among the few who ever talked to a British monarch about baseball,” he tweeted Thursday. “She was most gracious.”

During her go to to Texas, the queen additionally advised a joke concerning the Lone Star state: “If a man’s from Texas, he’ll tell you. If he’s not, why embarrass him by asking him?”

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott referred to as Elizabeth “one of the greatest leaders in history.” He mentioned she was greater than a leader of one of many world’s nice democracies.

“She was a mother, a grandmother, and a wife who showed a deep devotion to her family and to her nation. The entire world is better to have had a strong, steady leader like Queen Elizabeth II, and we are forever honored to have had her as an ally to the United States and to Texas,” Mr. Abbott mentioned.

Virginia additionally laid declare to a part of a “special relationship” with the Queen. She visited the state no less than 4 instances, the final in 2007 to commemorate the four-hundredth anniversary of the English settlement in Jamestown, its first in North America.

“Throughout her reign, she showed steadfast compassion towards the United States during trying times, especially following the September 11th attacks,” mentioned Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin.

Among different issues within the wake of Sept. 11, the queen broke almost 600 years of precedent by having a international nationwide anthem performed throughout the Changing of the Guard.

“As governor, the queen’s consistent tenderness for the Commonwealth and Virginians will never be forgotten,” Mr. Youngkin mentioned.  

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, appeared to examine the queen with current U.S. political figures as he praised her steady management and modesty.

“Despite spending nearly three-quarters of a century as one of the most famous and admired individuals on the planet, the queen made sure her reign was never really about herself — not her fame, not her feelings, not her personal wants or needs,” Mr. McConnell mentioned.

“She guided venerable institutions through modern times using timeless virtues like duty, dignity, and sacrifice. She offered our contemporary world a living master class it needed badly.”

Sen. Bob Menendez, New Jersey Democrat and Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman, recalled the queen’s visits to Washington for America’s bicentennial in 1976, and to ship an handle to a joint session of Congress in 1991.

“Her meaningful engagement with American leaders from President Truman to President Biden and her commitment to our countries’ special relationship greatly contributed to the enduring friendship between our nations,” he mentioned.

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