Trump recalls 'historic and remarkable reign' of Queen Elizabeth II

"What a grand and beautiful lady she was—there was nobody like her!" he said.

Updated: September 8, 2022 - 3:11pm

Former President Donald Trump on Thursday recalled the reign of Queen Elizabeth II after news broke that England's longest-serving monarch had passed earlier that morning.

"Melania and I are deeply saddened to learn of the loss of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II," he said in a press release. "Together with our family and fellow Americans, we send our sincere condolences to the Royal Family and the people of the United Kingdom during this time of great sorrow and grief."

The British sovereign died after 70 years on the throne. Assuming office in 1952, her reign saw the disestablishment of the British Empire and the rise of the modern state of the United Kingdom.

"Queen Elizabeth's historic and remarkable reign left a tremendous legacy of peace and prosperity for Great Britain," the former president continued. "Her leadership and enduring diplomacy secured and advanced alliances with the United States and countries around the world. However, she will always be remembered for her faithfulness to her country and her unwavering devotion to her fellow countrymen and women."

Trump spent some time in the queen's company during his 2019 state visit to the United Kingdom. The former president gave thanks for that time, saying "Melania and I will always cherish our time together with the Queen, and never forget Her Majesty's generous friendship, great wisdom, and wonderful sense of humor."

"What a grand and beautiful lady she was—there was nobody like her!" he continued.

"Our thoughts and prayers will remain with the great people of the United Kingdom as you honor her most meaningful life and exceptional service to the people," he said of the late queen. "May God bless the Queen, may she reign forever in our hearts, and may God hold her and Prince Philip in abiding care."