Rock on which modern Britain was built: Prime Minister Liz Truss pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth II

LONDON: The newly elected Prime Minister of Britain Liz Truss has paid tribute to the Queen as the rock on which modern Britain was built, soon after buckingham palace announced the death of Queen Elizabeth II in Scotland.
Truss, who had been anointed by the 96-year-old monarch a few days earlier on Tuesday at Balmoral Castle, stepped out at 10 Downing Street in London on Thursday to reflect on the legacy of Britain’s longest-serving monarch. He described her as a champion of the Commonwealth and a source of stability and strength during her 70-year reign.
“It was the very spirit of Great Britain – and that spirit will endure,” Truss said.
“Queen Elizabeth II was the rock on which modern Britain was built. Our country grew and prospered under her reign. Britain is the great country it is today because of her,” he said.
“She was our longest reigning monarch. It is an extraordinary achievement to preside with such dignity and grace for 70 years. Her life of service extended beyond most of our living memories. In return, he was loved and admired by people in the UK and around the world,” he added.
Describing her as a personal inspiration, Truss hailed her dedication to duty as an example to all and recalled her own first and last meeting as prime minister.
“Earlier this week, at 96, she remained determined to carry out her duties as she appointed me as her 15th Prime Minister. Throughout her life, she has visited more than 100 countries and touched the lives of millions around the world,” he said.
Looking ahead, he added: “It is a day of great loss, but Queen Elizabeth II leaves a great legacy.
“Today the Crown passes – as it has for more than a thousand years – to our new monarch, our new head of state: His Majesty King Charles III. With the King’s family, we mourn the loss of his mother… And the death of the second Elizabethan agewe are ushering in a new era in the magnificent history of our great country, just as Her Majesty would have wished – saying the words… God save the King.”
Opposition Leader Sir Keir Starmer of Labour, also paid tribute to a “remarkable sovereign”.
“Queen Elizabeth II has created a special, personal relationship with all of us. A relationship based on service and loyalty to her country,” Starmer said.
“No one under the age of 70 has known anything but Queen Elizabeth II on the throne. To the vast majority of us, the late Queen was just the Queen. The one and only Queen. Above all, our queen,” he said.

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