Queen Elizabeth II was a stalwart of our times: PM Narendra Modi

Hours after Buckingham Palace announced the death of Britain’s longest-serving Queen Elizabeth II, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday remembered her as a “stalwart of our times”, saying he had “remembered her”. Provided inspiring leadership to the nation and people” and “distinguished dignity and decency in public life”.

PM Modi recalled his “memorable” meetings with the Queen in 2015 and 2018, saying he would “never forget her warmth and kindness”.

“Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will be remembered as a stalwart of our times. She provided inspiring leadership to her nation and people. She displayed dignity and decency in public life. Shocked at her passing. This sad hour.” My thoughts are with his family and the people of Britain.”

“During my visits to the UK in 2015 and 2018, I had memorable meetings with Queen Elizabeth II. I will never forget her warmth and kindness. During one meeting she showed me the handkerchief that Mahatma Gandhi gifted her at her wedding. I will cherish that gesture forever,” Modi said.

Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on Thursday after ruling for 70 years. She was 96 years old. The palace announced that he had died at Balmoral Castle, his summer residence in Scotland, where members of the royal family had visited him after his health deteriorated. A link to the almost extinct generation that fought World War II, she was the only monarch most Britons have ever known, and her name defines an era: the modern Elizabethan era.

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