How World Leaders Are Reacting To News Of Queen Elizabeth II's Passing

"She defined an era," writes President Joe Biden.

Queen Elizabeth II receives Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during an audience at Windsor Castle, on March 7, 2022 in Windsor, England.
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On the afternoon on September 8, Queen Elizabeth II passed away, just hours after Buckingham Palace stated that the monarch's health had begun to sharply decline. The Queen was the longest-serving female monarch in global history, overseeing more than half a century's worth of political and cultural change. In addition to the 15 prime ministers who served during her reign, the Queen developed unique relationships with a myriad of world leaders both in the United Kingdom and abroad, from Winston Churchill to Margaret Thatcher to Mikhail Gorbachev to Barack Obama

Now, politicians around the world are reacting to this loss within the British monarchy, both by expressing their deep grief and by reflecting on the queen's legendary influence throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. 

British Prime Minister Liz Truss

American President Joe Biden

Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson

Former American President Barack Obama

British Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle

British Liberal Democratic Leader Ed Davey

British Labour Party Leader Keir Starmer

First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon

First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford

Former British Prime Minister David Cameron

The Archbishop of Canterbury

Irish President Michael D. Higgins

Irish Taoiseach Micheál Martin

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz

Former American President Bill Clinton

Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo

U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell

President of the European Parliament Roberta Metsola

French President Emmanuel Macron

Dutch President Mark Rutte

Gabrielle Ulubay
Beauty Writer

Gabrielle Ulubay is a Beauty Writer at Marie Claire. She has also written about sexual wellness, politics, culture, and fashion at Marie Claire and at publications including The New York Times, HuffPost Personal, Bustle, Alma, Muskrat Magazine, O'Bheal, and elsewhere. Her personal essay in The New York Times' Modern Love column kickstarted her professional writing career in 2018, and that piece has since been printed in the 2019 revised edition of the Modern Love book. Having studied history, international relations, and film, she has made films on politics and gender equity in addition to writing about cinema for Film Ireland, University College Cork, and on her personal blog, Before working with Marie Claire, Gabrielle worked in local government, higher education, and sales, and has resided in four countries and counting. She has worked extensively in the e-commerce and sales spaces since 2020, and spent two years at Drizly, where she developed an expertise in finding the best, highest quality goods and experiences money can buy.

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