Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning British monarch, died on Thursday at the age of 96.
The development was announced on Thursday in a statement by the royal family.
“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,” the statement reads.
Dr. Irfaan Ali, the president of Guyana, expressed his sadness and sentiments in a statement, describing her legacy as intact and her place in history assured.
“ I join all Guyanese in expressing our profound and deepest sorrow at the death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. Her passing marks the end of an era in the history of the British Monarchy, the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth of Nations,” the statement reads.
“Queen Elizabeth’s place in history is assured and her legacy is intact. Her long and impactful reign has helped to shape the post-World War II world. Her Majesty has been a source of stability for her country. She will be long remembered for her sterling leadership of the Commonwealth of Nations.”
“Her visits to Guyana are recalled with great fondness.”
“At this time, the thoughts of All Guyana are with the members of the Royal Family and the people of the United Kingdom. We join in heralding the life of the longest-serving British Monarch and mourn her passing.”
In February 2022, she became the first monarch from Britain to have reigned for 70 years.
Following her passing, her eldest son, Charles, the former Prince of Wales, is expected to take the throne as the new king and ruler of 14 Commonwealth states.
As monarch, the queen is automatically granted a state funeral.
Details of the funeral are expected to be released by the palace soon.
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