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Statement by President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden on the Death of Queen Elizabeth II

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08 SEPTEMBER 2022
STATEMENTS AND RELEASES

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was more than a monarch. She defined an era.

In a world of constant change, she has been a steady presence and a source of comfort and pride to generations of Britons, including many who have never known their country without her. An enduring admiration for Queen Elizabeth II united people in the Commonwealth. The seven decades of its history-making rule witnessed an era of unprecedented human progress and the progressive advance of human dignity.

She was the first British monarch with whom people 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 in front of her coronation, or watched her last Christmas speech or her platinum anniversary on their phones. And she, in turn, devoted her whole life to their service.

Supported by her beloved Prince Philip for 73 years, Queen Elizabeth II always led with grace, an unwavering devotion to duty and the incomparable strength of her example. She endured the perils and hardships of a world war alongside the British people, gathering them during the devastation of a global pandemic to look ahead to better days. Through her dedication to her patronages and charities, she supported causes that uplift people and increase opportunities. By showing friendship and respect to newly independent nations around the world, she elevated the cause of freedom and nurtured lasting bonds that helped strengthen the Commonwealth she loved so much into a community that promotes peace and shared values.

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