Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday sent his “prayers” to the British royal family after Queen Elizabeth II, who reigned for seven decades, died at the age of 96.
In his daily address, Zelensky extended his condolences to the British royal family and called Queen Elizabeth II’s death a “great loss for all of Europe.”
“It is with deep sadness that I learned of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. A great loss for all of Europe, for the world. On behalf of the people of Ukraine, I extend condolences to the Royal Family, the entire United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. Our thoughts and prayers are with you,” Zelensky said.
Other world leaders also mourned the death of the British monarch. In a statement released by the White House, U.S. President Joe Biden called Queen Elizabeth a “steadying presence and source of comfort” for the British people who oversaw “the forward march of human dignity.”
French President Emmanuel Macron also took to Twitter to send his condolences to the royal family, adding that the Queen was a “friend of France” who left a “lasting impression on her country.”
Queen Elizabeth II, born in April 1926, ascended to the throne following the death of her father, King George V. She died on Thursday afternoon at the Balmoral Castle in Scotland following a 70-year reign.
The queen’s coffin will be moved to the ballroom of Balmoral Castle on Friday and then moved to Holyrood on Saturday where a military guard of honor is expected to meet it. On Sunday, the queen’s coffin will be moved to St. Giles’ Cathedral where it will rest for 24 hours for a service. The coffin will be brought to Queen Elizabeth’s final resting place at Windsor on Sept. 18, according to NBC News.
The queen’s death has elevated her eldest son and heir, Charles, 77, to the throne. He will become the first King of England since 1952 and will take the name King Charles III. It is presently unclear when his coronation and first appearance as the head of the Commonwealth will happen.
Charles’ ascension to the throne will also elevate his son Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and daughter-in-law Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. Prince William and Kate Middleton will now carry the titles Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and Cambridge. King Charles is also expected to grant the royal couple the titles of Prince and Princess of Wales.