The whole world mourns the news of Queen Elizabeth II’s death. The longest reigning monarch in British history, the Queen has long been an icon. Her reign left a tremendous legacy, as she served during the tenure of 15 different prime ministers, according to AP News. In fact, one Prime Minister who got to know the Queen very well was former leader Boris Johnson.
After her death, Johnson delivered an impassioned speech in her honor, declaring, “There is an ache, a deep and personal sense of loss at the passing of our Queen — perhaps far more intensely than we anticipated” (via Politico). “This is our country’s saddest day because she had a unique and simple power to make us happy,” he continued. “That’s why we mourn Elizabeth the Great, the longest-serving and in many ways the best monarch in our history.”
Johnson’s successor, Liz Truss, who was last sworn in to Queen Elizabeth, also shared her thoughts in a separate speech. “Our country has grown and prospered under their rule,” Truss said in a heartfelt speech. She added: “Britain is the great country it is today because of her.” After an unprecedented time on the throne, Queen Elizabeth II is greatly appreciated by both Johnson and Truss, as well as the many subjects who love and respect her be missed.