Queen Elizabeth makes a statement on George H.W. Bush’s death in an emotional tribute
The Queen of England sent a touching message of condolences to the American people.
George H. W.Bush's death has touched not only the American people and his family, and condolences have poured in from around the globe.
Queen Elizabeth II of England has reached out to the American people and the former President's family with a moving message, reported Royal UK on December 1, 2018.
“It was with sadness that I learned of the death of President George H W Bush last night. President Bush was a great friend and ally of the United Kingdom."
Queen Elizabeth II, Royal UK, December 1, 2018.
A TRIBUTE FROM A QUEEN TO A PRESIDENT
Queen Elizabeth spoke of the former President's passionate love for his country and described him as a patriot. She also mentioned the 41st President's service to the U.S. as a pilot during the Second World War.
She also recalled her visit to the United States during the President's tenure in office fondly and remarked that she and her consort, Prince Phillip, had enjoyed their visit to the Bush's home in Texas.
The Queen's visit to Texas in 1991 laid the foundations for an ongoing friendship between the Royals and the Bush family.
KNIGHTING A PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
Queen Elizabeth bestowed on Geoge H. W. Bush a rare honor for a foreigner. She knighted the former President in 1993, bestowing on him a Knight Grand Cross of the Most Honorable Order of the Bath. As an American citizen, the former President was not entitled to the honorific "Sir," and had to content himself with being "Mr. President."
THE FRIENDSHIP BETWEEN THE QUEEN AND THE BUSH FAMILY
The Queen's visit to Texas in 1991 laid the foundations for an ongoing friendship between the Royals and the Bush family. The friendship was cemented by the exchange of gifts, with the Queen giving the Bushes a set of silver horseshoes, and a copy of the book "America is Lost," a document written in 1782 by King George III, the king who provoked the American Revolution.
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THE QUEEN AND THE AMERICAN PRESIDENTS
Queen Elizabeth is the longest reigning monarch in the history of the United Kingdom and she ascended to the throne at the age of 25 after the death of her father, King George VI.
During her sojourn on the throne, she has met 12 American Presidents: Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump. But undoubtedly, her closest relationship was with George H. W. Bush and his family.
Other foreign leaders have also sent their condolences, among them Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, former Soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev, the Dalai Lama, and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
This is the second time in seven months that the Bush family suffers a devastating blow. In April 2018 former First Lady Barbara Bush passed away at the age of 92, and her son, former President George W. Bush, paid a touching tribute to his mother.