The White House is spreading a somber message after the Queen’s tragic death

The tragic death of Queen Elizabeth II sent shockwaves around the world. On September 8, the woman who held the throne for 70 years died at the age of 96. Almost immediately after news of her death, Buckingham Palace ordered flags to be flown at half-mast as mourners gathered outside the palace gates to pay their respects, according to the Daily Mail.

Several other countries also contributed to the heavy loss, including the United States. Shortly after news of Queen Elizabeth’s death broke, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre issued a brief statement, per CNN, upon learning of the Queen’s death in the middle of a news conference. “Our hearts and thoughts are with the Queen’s family members, with the people of the UK. I don’t want to prejudge what the President will say,” Jean-Pierre told the press. As of this writing, President Joe Biden has yet to release an official statement, but it’s likely only a matter of time before he does.

Many other countries have already broken their silence. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took to Twitter to share his thoughts on behalf of Canada. “It is with a heavy heart that we learn of the passing of Canada’s longest-reigning sovereign, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II,” he wrote. “She was a constant presence in our lives – and her service to Canadians will forever remain an important part of our country’s history.”

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