Cover LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 04: Queen Elizabeth II prepares to greet Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev at Buckingham Palace on November 4, 2015 in London, England. The President of Kazakhstan is in the UK on an official visit as a guest of the British Government. He is accompanied by his wife and daughter, Dariga Nazarbayeva, who is also the Deputy Prime Minister. (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Messages of love and support have come flooding in to honour the memory of the Queen

For over seventy years, Queen Elizabeth II played a pivotal role on the global stage. She'd been through plenty of history's most fantastic moments—and had participated in many of them herself. Today, the world mourns her passing—here's what world leaders have said in tribute to her. 

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Joe Biden and Jill Biden

The First Family of the United States could not have said it better when they claimed that Queen Elizabeth II "defined an era". The couple recounted a poignant memory with the Queen, after the historic tragedy of 9/11 when she reminded the country that "grief is the price we pay for love". With her longevity on the throne, the Queen has met with 14 American presidents and it seems as though President Joe Biden is among her most ardent admirers. 

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Vladimir Putin

Russian president Vladimir Putin has sent his heartfelt condolences to the royal family via telegram. 

"For many decades, Elizabeth II rightfully enjoyed the love and respect of her subjects, as well as authority on the world stage," wrote Putin in the telegram. "I wish you [the royal family] courage and perseverance in the face of this heavy, irreparable loss." 

Pope Francis

The leader of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican State, Pope Francis, has expressed condolences for the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. In a telegram sent to King Charles III, the pope expressed his deep sadness, writing: "I willingly join all who mourn her loss in praying for the late Queen’s eternal rest, and in paying tribute to her life of unstinting service to the good of the nation and the Commonwealth." 

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Jacinda Ardern

In a touching Instagram post honouring Queen Elizabeth II, New Zealand's prime minister Jacinda Ardern praised the monarch's "service, charity, and consistency". Ardern also recounted that a strong memory she has of the Queen was of her laughter.

To observe the monarch's passing, New Zealand will move into a period of official mourning where flags will be flown at half mast and a state memorial service will be planned. 

Tsai Ing-wen

Taiwan's president Tsai Ing-wen extended her condolences to "the British government the people of the Commonwealth, HM King Charles III and the Royal family" and also noted the monarch's "leadership and service, which set an example for people around the world".

Her office also strengthened the promise that "Taiwan and the United Kingdom are united in their gratitude for the Queen’s life-long contribution to world peace and prosperity".

Lee Hsien Loong

Looking back at his last meeting with Queen Elizabeth II in 2018, Singapore's prime minister Lee Hsien Loong posted his condolences on Instagram. "Deeply saddened" by her loss, the politician adds that the Queen "will always be remembered fondly as a great world leader" and acknowledged her significant mark on Singapore's history. 

Emmanuel Macron

French president Emmanuel Macron remembers the Queen and her legacy with a heartfelt message. "[She] has left a lasting impression on her country and her century," reads a message posted on his social media page in both French and English. 

Barack Obama

Former US president Barack Obama acknowledged the Queen as the "first-ever female royal to serve on active military duty" in the Second World War, calling her a "beacon of hope and stability for the people of the United Kingdom and the world".

He recalls his and Michelle Obama's experience in meeting her during their time as the First Family of the US, writing, "Back when we were just beginning to navigate life as President and First Lady, she welcomed us to the world stage with open arms and extraordinary generosity. Time and again, we were struck by her warmth, the way she put people at ease, and how she brought her considerable humour and charm to moments of great pomp and circumstance." 

Fumio Kishida

Japanese prime minister Fumio Kushida expressed sorrow for the death of the Queen, telling reporters that it is "a great loss not only for the British people but also the international community". He also acknowledged the Queen's many contributions to Britain through turbulent times in history. 

Justin Trudeau

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau expressed his sympathies through an Instagram post. "[The Queen's] service to Canadians will forever remain an important part of our country’s history," he wrote, promising that "Canadians will always remember and cherish Her Majesty’s wisdom, compassion, and warmth." 

Olaf Scholz

German chancellor Olaf Scholz posted a statement on Twitter, remembering the Queen as a "role model and inspiration for millions". He recalled her commitment to German-British reconciliation, especially after the "horrors of World War II", and said that she will surely be missed.


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