Wisma Putra pays tribute to ‘towering figure’ Queen Elizabeth II

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PETALING JAYA: Foreign minister Saifuddin Abdullah has conveyed Malaysia’s condolences over the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.

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“Malaysia extends (its) sincere condolences to the monarch’s family, the people and the government of the United Kingdom on the passing of Queen Elizabeth II,” he said in a Facebook post.

“Her Majesty was a towering figure and led a lifetime of dedication and service to the people of the UK and the Commonwealth.”

Queen Elizabeth, the UK’s longest-serving monarch, passed away at the age of 96 at her Scottish home, Balmoral Castle, yesterday.

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She had been suffering from what Buckingham Palace has called “episodic mobility problems” since the end of last year.

Her 70-year reign made her the modern world’s longest-serving monarch. Only France’s Louis XIV – who ruled for more than 72 years between 1643 and 1715 – has ruled for longer.

Her eldest son Charles, 73, automatically becomes king of the United Kingdom.-FMT


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