Brussels, 9 September 2022 (TDI): Following the announcement from Buckingham Palace of the death of Queen Elizabeth II, EU flags were lowered to Half outside the European Commission office in Brussels.

European leaders paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning queen in British history. The Queen, who ruled for 70 years, passed away peacefully on Thursday at Balmoral.

European Council President Charles Michel stated, “Our thoughts are with the royal family and all those who mourn Queen Elizabeth II in the UK and worldwide.”

He added, “Once called Elizabeth the Steadfast, she never failed to show us the importance of lasting values in a modern world with her service and commitment.”

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Messages from EU states

Federal Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Bundeskanzler Olaf Scholz stated that “We mourn Queen Elizabeth II. She was a role model and inspiration for millions, including here in Germany.”

He added that the Queen’s commitment to German-British reconciliation after the horrors of World War II will not be forgotten and she will be missed.


The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, stated that for more than 70 years, Queen Elizabeth II represented the continuity and unity of the British nation. He called her a kind Queen who was a friend to France and had an impact on both countries.


The President of Greece, Katerina Sakellaropoulou said that the United Kingdom’s modern history has been shaped by Queen Elizabeth’s reign.

The Greek President added, “The Queen has served as a great cornerstone of her nation and has received love and respect in return. My heartfelt condolences to her family and the British people. She will be missed.”


Dutch King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima, and Princess Beatrix said in a statement, “We remember Queen Elizabeth II with great affection and deep respect.

She dedicated her long life to serving the British people. We feel a strong bond with the UK and its Royal Family and we share their sorrow at this time.”


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland stated that Finland mourns the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. They honored Queen and greatly appreciated her commitment to deepening the friendship between Britain and Finland.

“Finland illuminated the Foreign Ministry building tonight to honor the memory and pay tribute to Queen”, the Ministry tweeted.


President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda expressed deepest condolences to the Royal Family and all the British people on the passing of the Queen.

He added, “She has represented all that is truly Great about Britain for many years. Poland and the rest of the globe will miss and remember the Queen.”


Italian President Sergio Mattarella expressed his deepest condolences to the British people. He said,

“For seven decades the Queen was a symbol of dedication for millions of women and men, maintaining a vision of the future and of the needs of the times she lived through.”


The Prime Minister of Spain, Pedro Sánchez also expressed condolences to the entire Royal Family, the government, and the people of the UK and the Commonwealth on the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.

He said that the “Queen was a figure of global significance, witness, and author of British and European history.”


Prime Minister of Denmark, Mette Frederiksen said, “I am saddened by the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty the Queen was a unifying figure for her nation and the world. She provided a sense of stability during changing times.”

She added, “Our thoughts are with The Royal Family and the people of the United Kingdom, the Realms, and the Commonwealth. I send the heartfelt condolences of my Government and the people of Denmark to Prime Minister Liz Truss.”


The Foreign Ministry of Austria expressed condolences over the news. The Ministry lowered flags in honor of Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who stood for the people and remained steadfast in the face of more than seven decades of global change.


Prime Minister of Sweden Magdalena Andersson gave a statement on the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. She said, “I would like to express my sorrow at the news of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

For as long as most of us have been alive, she has been a cherished representative and symbol for the United Kingdom and the head of state of many countries of the Commonwealth.

My thoughts today are naturally with the Queen’s family and the British people, but her passing is a loss for us all.”

The World mourned the Queen and offered condolences to the Royal family and paid tribute to the historic duration of her reign and her history of service to the United Kingdom.