Death of Queen Elizabeth marked around world with tributes

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As world leaders paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth on her death aged 96 on Thursday, the public in Britain and around the globe paid their own respects to a woman who had been the face of her nation for more than 70 years.

US President Joe Biden said the Queen was "more than a Monarch, she defined an era".

British Prime Minister Liz Truss, who met with the Queen earlier in the week, said she was a personal inspiration to herself.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi described her as a "stalwart of our times". 

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine said: “We extend sincere condolences to the Royal Family, the entire United Kingdom and the Commonwealth over this irreparable loss."

French leader Emmanuel Macron described the Queen as a "friend of France".

Anthony Albanese Prime Minister of Australia said "Australian hearts go out to the people of the United Kingdom who mourn today, knowing they will feel they have lost part of what makes their nation whole".

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Queen Elizabeth II was deeply committed to many charitable and environmental causes and spoke movingly to delegates at the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow.

Justin Trudeau said that Canada’s longest-reigning Sovereign will forever remain an important part of their country’s history. 

Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland said that between 1971 and 2018, she "missed only one Head of Government Meeting".

Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced that flags will be flown at half-mast on all public buildings for approximately 12 as a tribute.

Former US President Barack Obama said: "Michelle and I were lucky enough to come to know Her Majesty, and she meant a great deal to us."

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro declared official mourning throughout the country for a period of three days as a sign of sorrow for the death of Queen Elizabeth.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a message to Britain’s new King, said the Queen "rightfully enjoyed the love and respect of her subjects, as well as authority on the world stage", adding: "I wish you courage and resilience in the face of this difficult, irreparable loss. May I ask you to pass on sincere condolences and support to members of the royal family and the entire people of Great Britain."

Pope Francis shared the following statement: "I willingly join all who mourn her loss in praying for the late Queen’s eternal rest, and in paying tribute to her life of unstinting service to the good of the Nation and the Commonwealth."

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