On September 8th, the world was informed of the death of Queen Elizabeth II, the longest reigning monarch in history. The Queen has served the UK for just over 70 years after celebrating her platinum anniversary in June. During her decades on the throne, Elizabeth corresponded with many different heads of state, including numerous Presidents of the United States. According to The White House Historical Association, she first came to the United States as a princess in 1951 and since then “had met more US presidents than any other head of state.” She last met with President Joe Biden in 2021 when he traveled to Cornwall to visit her, per Politico. And while her last visit to the United States was in 2007, she subsequently met with then-Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump in the United Kingdom and maintained a close relationship between the two nations throughout her long reign.
Many have taken the time to express their condolences on the death of the Queen, including former President Donald Trump and the current White House itself. Former President Barack Obama and his wife, former First Lady Michelle Obama, also took the time to to formulate a sweet and caring response to the Queen’s death.
Barack and Michelle Obama released a sweet statement
Like many other heads of state, former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama had the opportunity to meet and develop a relationship with Queen Elizabeth II. After her death, the Obamas released a sweet statement detailing the history of the Queen’s reign and everything she had experienced and endured during her 70 years on the throne, as well as a more personal note detailing the relationship speaking between the three of them they had come to cherish and adore.
The statement also noted the help Elizabeth provided to them when the Obamas’ state visit to the UK took place during their first term in office, “when we were just beginning to navigate life as President and First Lady,” according to ABC News. The Obamas continued, “She welcomed us onto the world stage with open arms and extraordinary generosity. We have always been struck by her warmth, her ability to put people at ease and how she would bring her considerable sense of humor and charm to moments of great pomp and circumstance.” They then sent their condolences to the people of the UK and their family, saying they We are “impressed by her legacy of tireless, dignified public service.” She will surely be missed by the Obamas and all who knew them.