Former President Donald Trump and his wife Melania paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II with a heartfelt statement after the sad news of her death Thursday at the age of 96 sent Britain and the world into mourning.
“What a grand and beautiful lady she was — there was nobody like her!” Trump wrote.
Trump pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth
The former president and his wife sent their condolences to the Royal Family and the British people in the lengthy statement, which was shared on Trump’s Truth Social account.
“Melania and I are deeply saddened to learn of the loss of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Together with our family and fellow Americans, we send our sincere condolences to the Royal Family and the people of the United Kingdom during this time of great sorrow and grief,” Trump wrote.
Trump praised the Queen, a symbol of national unity for generations of Britons and one of the most admired people in the world during her momentous 70-year reign, the longest of any British monarch, for her “faithfulness to her country and her unwavering devotion to her fellow countrymen and women.”
“Queen Elizabeth’s historic and remarkable reign left a tremendous legacy of peace and prosperity for Great Britain. Her leadership and enduring diplomacy secured and advanced alliances with the United States and countries around the world,” Trump said.
Reflecting on a state visit to the U.K. in June 2019, Trump said he and his wife “will always cherish our time together with the Queen” and “never forget Her Majesty’s generous friendship, great wisdom, and wonderful sense of humor.”
“May God bless the Queen”
The statement concluded with “thoughts and prayers” for “the great people of the United Kingdom as you honor her most meaningful life and exceptional service to the people.”
“May God bless the Queen, may she reign forever in our hearts, and may God hold her and Prince Philip in abiding care,” the statement ended.
Britain will mourn the Queen for 10 days before she is laid to rest. Her first child, 73-year-old Charles, is now King.
In a separate statement, Trump gave his well-wishes to the new monarch.
“King Charles III, who I have gotten to know well, will be a Great and Wonderful King. He dearly loves the United Kingdom and all that it represents to the World. He will prove to be an inspiration to everyone. Queen Elizabeth has been, and will be from above, very proud of King Charles III,” Trump said.