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

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American President Joe Biden

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Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson

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Former American President Barack Obama

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British Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle

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British Liberal Democratic Leader Ed Davey

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British Labour Party Leader Keir Starmer

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First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon

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First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford

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Former British Prime Minister David Cameron

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The Archbishop of Canterbury

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Irish President Michael D. Higgins

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Irish Taoiseach Micheál Martin

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy

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German Chancellor Olaf Scholz

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Former American President Bill Clinton

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Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo

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U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi

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U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell

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President of the European Parliament Roberta Metsola

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French President Emmanuel Macron

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Dutch President Mark Rutte

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Gabrielle Ulubay
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Gabrielle Ulubay is an E-Commerce Writer at Marie Claire and writes about all things fashion and beauty. She's also written about politics, gender, and sex for publications like Bustle, HuffPost Personal, and The New York Times. As a film school graduate, she loves all things media and can be found making art when she's not busy writing.