New Delhi: Queen Elizabeth II, the UK’s longest-serving monarch, died on Thursday at Balmoral Castle in Scotland after reigning for 70 years. She was 96. PM Narendra Modi and other world leaders took to Twitter and mourned demise of Britain’s longest-serving monarch.
The UK now has a new monarch in Charles, the former Prince of Wales. “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement. “The King and the Queen Consort [Charles and Camilla] will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow [Friday],” the statement said.
After her demise, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee took to Twitter and wrote, “I express my condolences to the British Royal family and the people of the United Kingdom on the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. An era comes to an end as the longest reigning British monarch leaves for her heavenly abode.”
PM Narendra Modi took to Twitter and wrote, “I had memorable meetings with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II during my UK visits in 2015 and 2018. I will never forget her warmth and kindness. During one of the meetings she showed me the handkerchief Mahatma Gandhi gifted her on her wedding. I will always cherish that gesture.”
Rahul Gandhi tweeted, “My condolences to the people of UK and the Royal Family on the passing away of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. She had a long and glorious reign, serving her country with utmost commitment and dignity.”
The former US president paid tribute to the Queen. He wrote, “My thoughts and prayers are with the Royal Family and all the people Her Majesty inspired throughout her lifetime of service.”
The president of France, Emmanuel Macron also tweeted.
Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson took to Twitter and shared a long statement.
The Queen came to the throne in 1952 and witnessed enormous social change. With her death, her eldest son and heir Charles will lead the country in mourning as the new King and Head of State for 14 Commonwealth realms.
(With Inputs from PTI)