The tributes rushed to pour in following the news that Elizabeth II died at the age of 96 early Thursday afternoon, hours after her doctors had announced a deterioration in her health.
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“It is with a heavy heart that we learned of the death of Canada’s longest-lived ruler, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Twitter at noon at a press conference.
The Prime Minister called the Queen a “constant presence” in the life of Canadians, one who will remain an “important part of our history”.
“He had an evident and deep affection for all Canadians. She has served us with strength and courage for 70 years, “she said at a press conference, with tears in her eyes.
“He was one of my favorite people in the world and I will miss him immensely,” added Trudeau, turning his thoughts to members of the royal family.
The Queen’s representative in Canada, Governor General Mary Simon, recalled that she was “the only queen we have known” to many Canadians.
“Her Majesty the Queen was compassionate, devoted, humble, caring and caring at the same time. Nothing was more important to her than serving her people, and she inspired so many of her with her devotion to the Crown.
Note that 12 Canadian Prime Ministers and 13 Governors General succeeded each other during the reign of the Sovereign.
“Queen Elizabeth II lived a life of history and duty. She was also a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. My thoughts go out today to her family who have lost a real pillar in their lives, “wrote New Democrat leader Jagmeet Singh, one of the first to react.
The leader of the Québécois bloc Yves-François Blanchet also paid tribute to the late monarch.
“On behalf of all elected officials, teams and members of the Québécois Bloc, I extend our sincere condolences to the people of England and the family of Her Majesty Elizabeth II. She must have been in the middle of a century of trouble with a desire to be a positive force there, “she said.
Acting leader of the Canadian Conservative Party, Candice Bergen, also expressed her condolences to the royal family.
“As a proud Commonwealth country, it is with unspeakable sadness that we mourn the loss of our eldest ruler. His Majesty’s sense of duty to Canada was both deeply ingrained and demonstrated in his actions, “he said in a statement.
It also highlighted the role of the monarch in Canadian history.
“Not only has she witnessed our historical evolution as a modern, self-confident and self-confident nation, but she has been an active part of it.”
Quebec pays homage to him
Quebec Premier Francois Legault meanwhile decided to suspend his campaign for the rest of the day on Thursday and postponed his scheduled announcements.
“She reigned over her country for nearly 70 years, she was a woman who had a sense of public duty, she supported her people in difficult times,” she said in a rush.
As head of government, Mr. Legault must address the leaders of other parties to indicate that there will be no electoral demonstrations.
The president of the National Assembly, François Paradis, announced the immediate half-mast barrage of the Quebec flag on the tower of the Parliament Building until the day of the funeral.
Liberal leader Dominique Anglade said the ruler was a significant figure in history.
“[Elle] he devoted his life to public service. He will have lived several crucial moments of our time, always with great dignity. All my thoughts are with his family and the British people, “he said on Twitter.
“I think this is very sad news for everyone, it is also historical. […] She was a calm and moderate woman, “Conservative leader Éric Duhaime said shortly after his speech to members of Metropolitan Montreal’s Board of Trade.
The leader of Parti Québécois, Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, contented himself with offering his condolences when he left a meeting with the Union des Producteurs Agricole (UPA), but decided to continue the campaign.
“Beyond our political views, the fact remains that a death in the family and on a human level is a time when we must offer our condolences and condolences. He is someone who has marked England and the rest of the world, “she said.
“Queen Elizabeth II will have marked her time. I would like to offer my condolences and wish her loved ones a peaceful mourning “, reacted the leader of solidarity, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois.
“I will remember from Her Majesty all the devotion, self-sacrifice and righteousness with which this great lady performed her royal duties during the longest reign in the history of the British monarchy,” the Lieutenant Governor of Quebec said in a brief statement. , J. Michel Doyon.
Many reactions around the world
The world joined the British in mourning Thursday after the death of Elizabeth II, “a queen of hearts” whose “dignity” and “unalterable sense of duty” unleashed a shower of unanimous tribute.
Turning “their thoughts” to the royal family and its people, the heads of state or government said they were personally affected by the death of the sovereign who, in 70 years of reign, met almost all the major leaders on the planet. .
A minute of silence at the UN, flags at half mast in the Capitol, but also in the Sultanate of Oman, days of mourning in Brazil or Jordan, signs of respect have multiplied in the four corners of the globe.
“Grace”, “dignity”, “sense of duty”
Joe Biden hailed “a statesman of incomparable dignity and steadfastness”. Elizabeth II was “more than a monarch. She embodied an era, “added the American president, who last saw her in June 2021.
His reign is defined by “grace, elegance and an unalterable sense of duty,” added Barack Obama.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres also noted Elizabeth II’s “grace, dignity and devotion”.
“There are no words to pay homage, even partial, to the fundamental importance of this queen, her sense of duty, her moral integrity, her devotion and her dignity”, according to former German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Rarely, the death of Elizabeth II caused even the worst enemies to be accepted.
“For many decades, Elizabeth II has rightly enjoyed the love and respect of her subjects, as well as authority on the world stage,” said Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Expressing his “deep sadness”, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky lamented “an irreparable loss”.
In the United States, former Republican President Donald Trump has agreed with Democrats Joe Biden and Barack Obama, praising a ruler who, according to him, leaves “an extraordinary legacy of peace and prosperity”.
“I have the memory of a friend of France, a queen of hearts who has forever marked her country and her century”, reacted French President Emmanuel Macron.
She was also “an extraordinary friend of Ireland”, according to its president Michael D. Higgins, but also “a constant presence” in the lives of Canadians who “will always appreciate her,” according to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
“Deeply saddened,” Pope Francis said he was praying for Elizabeth II and Charles III.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg also said he was “deeply saddened” by the death of the sovereign.
In India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also said he was “saddened by his disappearance”. The Argentine government expressed his “pain”.
The King of the Belgians Philip and his wife paid tribute on Thursday to “an exceptional monarch who made a profound impact on history” with his “unusual personality”.
King Philip VI of Spain even judged that he had “written the most important chapters in history” for the past seven decades.
Queen Elizabeth II symbolized “reconciliation” with Germany, helping to “heal the wounds” of World War II, German head of state Frank-Walter Steinmeier in particular pointed out.
His death leaves a huge void, the memory of which “will remain engraved in gold letters in the annals of world history”, for the president of Pakistan Arif Alvi.
“His life and legacy will be remembered around the world,” said South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.
The President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen hailed Elizabeth II as “a model of continuity”, “whose calm and dedication have given strength to many”.
“During her rich career, she has been a source of inspiration and nobility,” added the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani.
Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid believed that this “exceptional figure” “symbolized devotion and love for his homeland”.
From Joe Biden who first met her in 1982, to Angela Merkel who spoke of the “honor of having received her” for the last time at the end of her term last year, several personalities shared their memories. of the queen, even in unexpected enclosures.
The footballer Pele thus proved to be a “great admirer” of the sovereign since her stay in Brazil in 1968, where she had attended a game in the crowded Maracana stadium.
“We will always remember her fondly, especially as she lived here when she was a little princess,” Malta Prime Minister Robert Abela also tweeted.