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Utah leaders react to passing of Queen Elizabeth II

Sep 8, 2022, 12:26 PM | Updated: 1:57 pm
Queen Elizabeth II smiles during a visit to officially open the new building at Thames Hospice on J...
Queen Elizabeth II smiles during a visit to officially open the new building at Thames Hospice on July 15, 2022 in Maidenhead, England. (Photo by Kirsty O'Connor-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
(Photo by Kirsty O'Connor-WPA Pool/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY — Several Utah leaders have commented Thursday on the passing of Queen Elizabeth II at the age of 96, following a more than 70-year reign of the United Kingdom.

Gov. Spencer Cox wrote, “For more than 70 years, Queen Elizabeth II served her people with strength, grace, and unwavering dedication. She will be missed.”

“Our prayers go out to the Royal Family and to the people of the Commonwealth.”

Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson shared a tweet from the Royal Family with this brief statement:

“She may have been small in stature, but Queen Elizabeth II was a giant on the world stage. She leaves a remarkable legacy of service, duty, and steady leadership. Gabe and I send our love and condolences to the people of Great Britain.”

Rep. Chris Stewart issued a brief statement, along with the caption: “God bless Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.”

The statement reads, in part, “The passing of Queen Elizabeth II is not just a watershed moment for Britain, but one for the entire world. She served as a beacon of hope and stability throughout her 70-year reign, and her legacy will never be forgotten.”

Sen. Mike Lee expressed his condolences Thursday to the royal family and the British people for the Queen’s passing.

He writes, “As the longest-ruling monarch in British history, Queen Elizabeth II dedicated her life to serving the people. Her guidance spanned generations and provided comfort during tumultuous times. She was a shining example of steady leadership and impressed a sense of duty and determinism upon not only the people of the United Kingdom but of the world.”

The statement concluded: “May her Majesty rest in peace.”

Sen. Mitt Romney shared a brief statement from the Royal Family with the caption: “I offer my condolences to our friends of the Commonwealth and the loved ones of Queen Elizabeth II, including the Royal Family. She leaves an exemplary legacy of devotion to our citizens, commitment to duty, and stability in times of turbulence. America will miss our good friend.”

Rep. Burgess Owens wrote, “I am deeply saddened by the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, a steadfast public servant and friend of the United States. God bless her loved ones and our allies in the United Kingdom and across the Commonwealth.”

Rep. John Curtis said he was saddened to hear of the Queen’s passing. In his tweet, he also recalled a memory that impressed him.

“During her time in power, so much of the world has changed and if anything, I will remember this moment two days after 9/11 when the Queen broke precedent and played the Star Spangled Banner to millions.”

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Utah leaders react to passing of Queen Elizabeth II