Germany hails Queen Elizabeth as ‘symbol of reconciliation’ after two world wars

Germany on Thursday hailed Queen Elizabeth II as a "symbol of reconciliation" after two world wars.

Germany hails Queen Elizabeth as 'symbol of reconciliation' after two world wars
(FILES) In this file photo taken on June 24, 2015 German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) and Britain's Queen Elizabeth II smile as a little robot wave during a reception at the 'Technische Universitaet' (Technical University) in Berlin, Germany. Photo by Michael Sohn / POOL / AFP)

“Her commitment to German-British reconciliation after the horrors of World War II will remain unforgotten,” said German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

Separately, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said the queen’s state visit in 1965 to post-war Germany was an “invaluably important signal of
reconciliation after two devastating world wars”.

Queen Elizabeth, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, died at her home in Scotland, Balmoral, aged 96.

“The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement. “The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”

In a statement, her eldest son, who has now become King Charles III, said: “The death of my beloved mother Her Majesty the Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family.

“We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much-loved Mother. I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.”

Elizabeth’s reign spanned the Victorian era to the present day. Her first prime minister, Winston Churchill, was born in 1874, while her last Liz Truss, was born 101 years later in 1975.

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