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‘Irreparable loss’: Vladimir Putin writes to King Charles III expressing his condolences on Queen’s death

The Russian president conveyed his condolences despite the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and the Queen’s support for its people
Vladimir Putin has written to King Charles following the death of the Queen (Peter Muhly - WPA Pool/Getty Images, Sean Gallup/Getty Images, Jonathan Brady - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Vladimir Putin has written to King Charles following the death of the Queen (Peter Muhly - WPA Pool/Getty Images, Sean Gallup/Getty Images, Jonathan Brady - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: The president of Russia, Vladimir Putin, wrote to King Charles III offering ‘sincere sympathy’ following the Queen’s death. Despite the tensions over the war in Ukraine, Putin reached out to King Charles III in a telegram.

Putin is one of a number of world leaders to pay tribute to the monarch, who died at Balmoral. News of Her Majesty's death was announced by Buckingham Palace on Thursday evening, 8 September, after doctors expressed concerns for her heath earlier that day. 


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"The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon," read a statement posted on the Buckingham Palace gates and the royal family website. "The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow."


Following the death of his mother, who was 96 years old, Prince Charles immediately became King, Prime Minister Liz Truss named the monarch King Charles III in an address on September 8 evening. 

Vladimir Putin was among politicians and rulers across the globe that paid tribute to the loss of Her Majesty. Putin sent a note to King Charles III to express his condolences.

"Your Majesty, please accept our deepest condolences on the passing of Queen Elizabeth II," he wrote. Putin continues, "The most important events in the recent history of the United Kingdom are inextricably linked with the name of Her Majesty. For many decades, Elizabeth II rightfully enjoyed the love and respect of her subjects, as well as authority on the world stage."

"I wish you courage and perseverance in the face of this heavy, irreparable loss. I ask you to convey the words of sincere sympathy and support to the members of the royal family and all the people of Great Britain," Putin added. His message came amid the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine. Queen Elizabeth, prior to her death, made reference to the ongoing war in a tribute to Ukraine and its people to mark the country's independence day last month. She wrote, "It gives me great pleasure to send Your Excellency and the people of Ukraine my warmest greetings on the celebration of your Independence Day. In this most challenging year, I hope that today will be a time for the Ukrainian people, both in Ukraine and around the world, to celebrate their culture, history, and identity. May we look to better times in the future."

The war between the two nations began in February when president Putin sent troops across the border.

The Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, was also among those who paid tribute as he wrote: "It is with deep sadness that we learned of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. "On behalf of the people, we extend sincere condolences to the @RoyalFamily, the entire United Kingdom, and the Commonwealth over this irreparable loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you."