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‘God save the King’ Liz Truss pays tribute to the Queen – speech in full

Queen Elizabeth II: Liz Truss pays tribute to the monarch

The Prime Minister said the death was a “huge shock to the country and the world” and marked “the passing of a second Elizabethan era”. But she said the country was now ushering in a new era “as His Majesty had hoped” and “God bless the king”.

Ms Truss said: ‘Today the Royal Family transitions to our new monarch, our new Head of State, His Majesty King Charles III, as they have done for over a thousand years.

Just two days ago, the 96-year-old monarch called on Ms Truss to form a new government during an audience at Balmoral.

The Prime Minister said it showed how “determined” the Queen remained to carry out her duties.

In a moving statement to Downing Street, Ms Truss spoke of the dignity and grace shown by the Queen during her 70 years of service.

She said: “We are all shocked by what we have just heard from Balmoral.

“Her Majesty’s passing is a huge shock to the country and the world.

“Queen Elizabeth II is the cornerstone of modern Britain.

“Our country grew and prospered under his rule.

“Britain is the great country it is today because of her.

“She came to power after World War II.

Liz Truss pays homage to Queen as ‘the rock’ that built modern Britain (Image: Getty)

“She has supported the growth of the Commonwealth – from a small group of seven countries to a family of 56 countries spanning all continents.

“We are now a modern, prosperous and dynamic country.

“Queen Elizabeth II has provided us with the stability and strength we need, through the vicissitudes of life.

“She is the spirit of Britain – that spirit will live on forever.

“She is our longest reigning monarch.

“To be able to preside over 70 years with so much dignity and grace is an extraordinary feat.

“His service lives beyond most of our living memory.

“In return, she is loved and admired by people in the UK and around the world.

“She was a personal inspiration to me and to many Britons. Her devotion to duty is an example to all of us.

“Earlier this week, at 96, still determined to carry out her duties, she appointed me her 15th Prime Minister.

“During her lifetime, she visited over 100 countries and touched the lives of millions of people around the world.”

Liz Truss meets the Queen at Balmoral Castle

Liz Truss meets the Queen at Balmoral Castle (Image: Getty)

On Tuesday, Ms Truss received the Queen when she was asked to form a new government.

But on Wednesday the Queen was unable to proceed with an online Privy Council meeting as she was unwell.

Ms Truss learned that the Queen’s health had deteriorated during the debate in the House of Commons.

The prime minister was stunned but kept his cool after receiving an update from the palace.

Commons Speakers Sir Lindsay Hoyle and Sir Keir Starmer also received notes, alerting MPs and monitoring journalists as major events unfolded.

In making a formal statement, Sir Lindsay interrupted debate on the Energy Bill to send his best wishes to the Queen on behalf of the House of Representatives.

After the news was confirmed last night, he said: “For all of us, the Queen has always been in our lives – familiar as a member of the family, but had a calming and stabilizing effect on our country.

“Most of us were unaware of his absence. His death is not only a tragedy for the royal family, but a huge loss for all of us.

The former Prime Minister got to know the Queen at a weekly audience discussing the latest political developments, speaking of her selfless public responsibility and generosity.

Boris Johnson said the Queen had ‘modernized the constitutional monarchy’ and ‘raised an heir to the throne who will do full justice to his legacy’.

“Though our voices are still muffled with grief, we can say with confidence what this country hasn’t heard in over seven years: God bless the king.”

Theresa May said it was the honor of her life to serve the Queen, who “has been our constant throughout the Elizabethan era”.

“Her Majesty The Queen is wholeheartedly dedicated to a life of service. She is respected and admired not only by the people of her own country, but far beyond our international family,” Ms. May said in a statement.

“It has been the privilege of my life to be Prime Minister for her. But let us never forget that our Queen was a mother, a grandmother and a great-grandmother. Our thoughts and prayers are now with her. family.

David Cameron said ‘no words can adequately express the sense of loss our nation will feel’ after the Queen’s death.

He said the Queen had always been “a stone of strength to our country and the Commonwealth”.

“There is no better example of dignified public responsibility and ruthless service, and we all express our deepest gratitude for her continued dedication and commitment to fulfilling the promise she made on her 21st birthday each day. Our nation’s dedication is unparalleled and as such leaves a lasting legacy.

He added he was ‘very proud’ to be the Queen’s twelfth Prime Minister, adding it was a ‘privilege’ to hear her ‘wise counsel and advice’.

Sir John Major said: ‘In her public duties she was selfless, wise and had a wonderful spirit of generosity. This was how she lived – and how she led.

“For millions in the Commonwealth and around the world, she embodies the heart and soul of our nation and is admired and respected around the world.

“At this time of deep sadness, I believe we all stand together with the Royal Family in mourning the loss of someone so dearly loved.

“Because we have all lost someone so dear to us as we mourn, we should be grateful to have been blessed with such an example of responsibility and leadership over the years.”

Queen Elizabeth II and Sir John Major

Queen Elizabeth II and Sir John Major (Image: Getty)

Sir Tony Blair said: “She was not only respected, but loved. Respected for the qualities of responsibility, decency, integrity and loyalty that she exemplified. Loved for the love and affection she gave us.

He said when he last saw the Queen a few months ago she was in a “sparkling state”.

“She was not only respected, but loved,” he said. “Respected for the qualities of responsibility, decency, integrity and loyalty that she embodied. Loved for the love and affection she gave us.

“Away from our shores, among countless people on every continent, in cities and even in remote villages, Queen Elizabeth is well known and held in the highest respect.”

Former Labor Prime Minister Gordon Brown said: ‘Tonight the UK, the Commonwealth and the whole world mourns. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has served this country to the end. My sincere condolences to the Royal Family. Rest in peace.”

Sir Keir Starmer has paid tribute to the Queen, calling her “our finest symbol”.

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