'Most amazing queen in history': Thomas Markle pays homage to Queen Elizabeth
'Queen Elizabeth II, you will always be loved and never forgotten as our hearts, prayers, and thoughts will always be with you', Thomas said
BALMORAL CASTLE, UNITED KINGDOM: Everyone has been devastated by the unexpected passing of Queen Elizabeth II, and Thomas Markle, Meghan Markle's father, has offered few of his own thoughts in remembrance. He released a statement in which he expressed his "deep sorrow for the entire royal family."
In a joint statement, Thomas Markle Sr and Thomas Markle Jr said, "On this very sad day, the world has lost the most amazing queen in history. Queen Elizabeth II, you will always be loved and never forgotten as our hearts, prayers, and thoughts will always be with you, along with our profound compassion and grief for the entire royal family."
Thomas has been distant from his daughter for a while and was unable to attend her magnificient wedding to Prince Harry. On September 8, Thursday afternoon at Balmoral Castle, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II passed away.
Buckingham Palace issued the following statement, "The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and the Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow."
All of the Queen's children hurried to Balmoral since the news of her demise was known, but Prince Harry was tragically unable to visit Balmoral before she passed away. The Duchess of Cambridge was unable to travel with her husband, the newly crowned Prince of Wales, William, since their small children had their first day of school. In contrast, the Duchess of Sussex stayed in London.
Charles, the son of the Queen, has now been proclaimed King Charles III. In a statement, he described his mother's passing as a time of the "greatest sadness." The Queen, according to the newly elected Prime Minister Liz Truss, "provided us with the stability and strength that we needed" and was "the rock upon which modern Britain was built."
Boris Johnson, who met the Queen earlier this week to mark the end of his premiership, described today as the "country's saddest day." He said, "In the hearts of every one of us there is an ache at the passing of our Queen, a deep and personal sense of loss - far more intense, perhaps, than we expected."
"In these first grim moments since the news, I know that millions and millions of people have been pausing whatever they have been doing, to think about Queen Elizabeth, about the bright and shining light that has finally gone out," Johnson concluded.
In the meantime, tributes have flooded in from world leaders. President Joe Biden referred to her as a "source of comfort and pride," in a lengthy remark on the Queen's life. "Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was more than a monarch. She defined an era," he said.
Biden continued, "In a world of constant change, she was a steadying presence and a source of comfort and pride for generations of Britons, including many who have never known their country without her. An enduring admiration for Queen Elizabeth II united people across the Commonwealth."
"The seven decades of her history-making reign bore witness to an age of unprecedented human advancement and the forward march of human dignity," Biden stated. "She was the first British monarch to whom people all around the world could feel a personal and immediate connection—whether they heard her on the radio as a young princess speaking to the children of the United Kingdom, or gathered around their televisions for her coronation, or watched her final Christmas speech or her Platinum Jubilee on their phones. And she, in turn, dedicated her whole life to their service."
Volodymyr Zelensky, the president of Ukraine, tweeted, "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."
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.— Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) September 8, 2022