World: Leaders of the Caribbean and the world at large are mourning the loss of the longest reigning Monarch of the world, Queen Elizabeth II, following her demise on Thursday, September 8, 2021
The Queen to rule Britain and 14 commonwealth realms, for the longest time in the history of the monarchy, Queen Elizabeth II, died at the age of 96, having completed 70 years of her rule over Britain.
Many Leaders of the Caribbean, including the Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica, Dr Roosevelt Skerrit, have expressed their condolences.
The Prime Minister, Dr Roosvelt Skerrit, of the Commonwealth of Dominica, conveyed his consolations to the Government and people of United Kingdom upon the demise of Her Majesty the Queen, Elizabeth II, who had served as the figurehead of the country for almost a lifetime, via his official social media account.
He wrote on his social media accounts, “On behalf of the Government and people of the Commonwealth of Dominica, I extend the deepest condolences to the Government and people of the United Kingdom upon the passing of Her Majesty the Queen, Elizabeth II.”
Further, the Prime Minister of The Commonwealth of Dominica stated, “Our prayers are with the Royal Family during this period of grief. “Her passing ends an iconic 70-year reign and is a profound loss for the Commonwealth of Nations and the world. May she rest in peace.“
The Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda also expressed condolences to His Majesty King Charles III and the Royal Family.
He extended his consolations to the British Government and to the people of the United Kingdom on behalf of his country and the people.
The Prime Minister noted that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth reigned for seven decades, winning respect and high regard from every corner of the world. Her Majesty’s leadership of the Commonwealth of Nations has been superb, joining the hands of the English-speaking states across continents and regions.”
“Her Majesty’s life personified the simplest qualities – tolerance and decency. Her ability to inspire and unite has been one of the many remarkable features of her life, which we all admire.”
He added that Before taking up the role of Head of the State of Antigua and Barbuda, beginning November 1 1981, the people of Antigua and Barbuda showed Her Majesty, the Queen, great affection on her visits and whenever represented by members of the Royal Family.
“Queen Elizabeth II has had an impactful reign, during which her associations with Antigua and Barbuda and the people have remained mutually respectful and unchanging.
He declared, “All flags throughout the State will be flown at half-mast up until the day of Her Majesty’s burial. God save the King!”
The Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, Philip J. Pierre, also communicated his condolences in words, “Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
With profound sorrow, I wish to convey my condolences to the British Royal Family, the Government, and the People of the UK on this solemn occasion of the demise of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
He added that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth would forever be an enduring symbol of stability and strength throughout the Commonwealth Region and the world.
On the other hand, the former Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis and the leader of the people’s labour party expressed, “The passing of Her Majesty The Queen is so unfortunate. She is a great loss to the United Kingdom, the entire world, and her beloved Commonwealth. She stood for dignity, personal sacrifice, and commitment to public service and will be hugely missed. I send condolences to her family.”
Minister of Foreign Affairs Denzil Douglas also took to his social media following the official announcement of the death of the Queen. He conveyed in a statement the federation’s sadness at the passing of the Queen, who served as the head of the Commonwealth for most of her reign.
The statement read “The Governor General has expressed great sadness at her passing. His Excellency, the Governor General, has also advised the Honourable Prime Minister Dr Terrance Drew, MP of the death of the Sovereign and Head of the Commonwealth.
As per protocol, all flags in the Federation (of St Kitts and Nevis) will fly at half-mast until the day after the Funeral.
Premier of Nevis, Mark Brantley and Leader of The People’s Labour Party of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr Timothy Harris, also expressed his condolences on the Passing of Queen Elizabeth II via social media.