London Bridge has fallen down: Maldives’ sends condolences

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Queen Elizabeth II, died Thursday at her home in Balmoral Castle in Scotland. She was 96. She will be succeeded by her son, Charles, Prince of Wales, who will now become King Charles III. Queen Elizabeth was Britain’s longest-reigning monarch for 70 years.

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has sent his condolences and sympathies to the King and members of the Royal Family and the people of the UK and the Commonwealth.In a tweet he posted, President Solih stated that the Queen was a shining example of public service, resilience and devotion to one’s country and the greater community of nations.

Abdulla Shahid, President of the UNGA tweeted that the Maldives will observe a three-day mourning with the national flag flown at half-mast from September 9-12, 2022.

He also stated that he was, “deeply saddened to learn about the passing of HM Queen Elizabeth II, the longest reigning monarch in British History As Head of the Commonwealth, she has been a constant in our family of nations providing strong leadership at times of need.”

Ex President and Parliament Speaker Mohamed Nasheed also tweeted, stating that, “With the Queen’s passing we have lost the world’s, perhaps history’s, strongest matriarchic. Her ability to reach out to people, regardless of their colour or creed, was second to none. Which explains why she will be mourned across the world, including in Maldives.”

Queen Elizabeth II is a recipient of the Maldives’ highest honour, the Grand Order of the Distinguished Rule of Ghaazee. The Queen came to the throne in 1952 and witnessed enormous social change.

Her son King Charles III said the death of his beloved mother was a “moment of great sadness” for him and his family and that her loss would be “deeply felt” around the world.