Brussels 09.09.2022 “We remember a remarkable woman today. A remarkable human being. Who shouldered an immense responsibility over the past 70 years. Her inspiration has spanned generations. And touched the lives of so many” writes the president of the European Council Charles Michel.
“While we all mourn the passing of Queen Elizabeth the Second, we also consider her reign. It has left a legacy like few others in European and global history. From the turbulent years of the Cold War well into the globalised era of the 21st century.
For many, she was an anchor of stability in a rapidly changing world. She was once called “Elizabeth the Steadfast”. She was indeed a wise leader who never failed to show us the importance of lasting values in this modern world – values like service, commitment, and tradition.
‘She once said: “grief is the price we pay for love”. She was respected, esteemed, and sincerely loved by so many around the world. Our thoughts are, first and foremost, with the King and the Royal Family, with the people of the United Kingdom, and the Commonwealth.
For us in the European Union, her reign covered almost the full arc of post-war European integration. We will always remember her contribution to reconciliation among our nations after World War II and the Cold War. She had experienced the devastation of World War II and knew the importance of trust and cooperation among our countries.
Many of our past and present European leaders have experienced her warm hospitality. So did I at several occasions.
“We will do our part to carry on her legacy. Her special legacy of building bridges and of building trust among nations.”
Brussels 09.09.2022 “Queen Elizabeth Il’s remarkable reign oversaw key events of the 20th & 21st century. The EU pays tribute to her unique contribution to building peace & reconciliation” the EU top diplomat Josep Borrell writes.
“While her loss will be felt around the world, our immediate thoughts are with her family & the people of the UK”
“In honour of HM Queen Elizabeth II, all EU delegations around the world will be flying the flag on half-mast. We stand with the Royal Family and the people of the United Kingdom in mourning Her Majesty’s passing”.
At the moment the Queen died, the throne passed immediately and without ceremony to the heir, Charles, the former Prince of Wales.
But there are a number of practical – and traditional – steps which he must go through to be crowned King.
Brussels 06.02.2022 The British monarch Queen Elizabeth II said she wants Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, to be known as Queen Consort when Prince Charles becomes King.
In a message marking the 70th anniversary of her reign, the Queen said it was her “sincere wish” that Camilla would have that title.
The Queen is the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee.
She is spending her day privately on the Sandringham estate, with national celebrations to be held in June.
The Queen’s reign began when she was 25 years old, following the death of her father, George VI, on 6 February 1952.
The monarch said that, 70 years on, the day is one she remembers “as much for the death of my father, King George VI, as for the start of my reign”.
Queen approves Boris Johnson’s request to droop UK Parliament. (Image: archive).
Boris Johnson asked Queen to suspend UK Parliament ahead of Brexit.
The European Parliament representative for Brexit talks Guy Verhofstad expressed his disappointment with the decision of the UK Parliament suspension.
Queen Elizabeth has sent a message to Britain’s political class over the departure from the European Union, urging lawmakers to seek common ground and grasp the big picture to resolve the crisis.
While Elizabeth, 92, did not mention Brexit explicitly in an annual speech to her local Women’s Institute in Norfolk, the monarch said every generation faced “fresh challenges and opportunities.”
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth on Thursday formally granted Prime Minister Theresa May the power to trigger exit talks with the European Union, approving legislation which passed through parliament late on Monday.
The announcement, made in parliament by speaker John Bercow, confirms that May can begin divorce talks at any time, although her spokesman hinted on Monday that any such decision was likely to come towards the end of the month rather than in the coming days.
The symbolic approval from Queen Elizabeth is expected today, after both houses backed the so-called Brexit bill after the prime minister May has secured the right to begin the process of the UK departure from the European Union, triggering Article 50 in Brussels.
“We are now on the threshold of the most important negotiation for our country in a generation,” Brexit minister David Davis said in a statement after parliament approved the legislation on Monday.
“We have a plan to build a Global Britain, and take advantage of its new place in the world by forging new trading links.”
British Prime Minister Theresa May has won the right to launch Brexit proceedings with the EU and launch two years of negotiations to determine the future of Britain and Europe.
May has overcome the attempt in both the lower and upper houses of parliament to add conditions to legislation giving her right to trigger Article 50. The exact date was not indicated however there were considerations to avoid upset the celebrations of the Treaty of Rome 60th anniversary with the Informal Summit of EU27. In a galant gesture the UK authorities confirmed not intention to spoil the meeting, supposing to demonstrate the unity of the block to continue the project together.