RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – Virginia’s elected officials are releasing news and reactions to the death of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, reflecting on her Commonwealth ties and compassionate leadership.
Virginia Governor Glenn Yankin’s statement on the passing of Queen Elizabeth II reads:
“Today we mourn the loss of a remarkable leader, Queen Elizabeth II, who led Britain admirably for 70 years and who was loved by the British people. During her reign, she showed her love for America in difficult times Unwavering sympathy, especially during the attacks of September 11. Virginians fondly remember Queen Elizabeth II’s many visits to the Commonwealth of Virginia, including Jamestown’s 1957 anniversary , the United States Bicentennial Celebration in 1976, and Arling Dayton National Cemetery in 1991. Her most recent trip was in 2007, when she visited the Virginia General Assembly in Richmond, the 400th Anniversary Celebration of Jamestown, Virginia Tech is an especially important part of Virginia’s history.As Governor, Queen, her abiding fondness for the Union and Virginians will never be forgotten.
In US Senator Tim Kaine’s statement on Queen Elizabeth’s death, he said:
“Queen Elizabeth II is loved by millions and I mourn today with the British people. In 2007, during my term as Governor, two weeks after the Virginia Tech shootings, Her Majesty visited Virginia, when she mourns with us and gives us time to come together in extremely difficult times. Her kindness and grace will be missed by England, Virginia and the world.
In 2007, Queen Elizabeth II visited Virginia to celebrate Jamestown’s 400th anniversary. Kane, who was Governor of Virginia at the time, and his wife Anne welcomed the Queen and Prince Philip to Richmond.
Virginia House President Todd Gilbert wrote in a statement:
“Britain has lost a great monarch and the Commonwealth of Virginia has lost a good friend. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II embodies grace and dignity. When she began her reign, she swore to her people and gave them faithfully served to his last. His example is one that all of us in public office should follow.
His kindness and decency, so powerfully displayed on one of the worst days in our county and the Commonwealth, warmed hearts and comforted those who were grieving. As our Commonwealth mourns our loss at Virginia Tech, she once again reached out to Virginia in our grief.
Queen Elizabeth spoke of our nation’s friendship with her, and how grateful she is for it, in her address to the United Nations General Assembly in 2007. Virginians are also grateful for the friendship of a such an amazing woman. “
Across the country, President Joseph Biden released a statement praising the monarch for defining an era and his detailed interactions with the Queen, in part: “Queen Elizabeth II is a man of unparalleled dignity and dignity. previous. A steadfast statesman, she deepened the fundamental alliance between the two countries. The United Kingdom and the United States. She helped make our relationship special.
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