Like many world leaders upon learning Thursday of the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, former President Donald Trump offered condolences and a brief memoriam. On Saturday, his honor of the late monarch continued as he penned a touching tribute to “Great Britain at its very best.”
With a legacy spanning seven decades, the second Elizabethan Era encompassed scores of pivotal events in modern history. Writing exclusively for the Daily Mail, Trump conveyed as much and more as he also reflected on the roles the queen played as ruler, mother, and the “embodiment” of her nation’s culture.
“As monarch, Her Majesty the Queen was the personal embodiment of nearly a century of British history. Every Prime Minister from Winston Churchill onward served under her. When I asked her who was her favorite, she told me she liked them all,” the president wrote.
“She saw her country though the Blitz of London, the Cold War, the Falklands conflict, the coal miners’ strike, Brexit, COVID, and so much more,” he continued noting, “No matter what challenges came, she was always there for her people–resolute and unflappable, stabilizing and reassuring by her very presence. In the face of all adversity, she embodied the uniquely British attribute of a firm and quiet resolve.”
“The qualities that served Queen Elizabeth so well as monarch also endeared her to the hearts of countless people all over the world,” Trump went on and included reflections on his own relationship with Her Majesty he called, “one of the most extraordinary honors of my life.”
President Trump had a special relationship with Queen Elizabeth. pic.twitter.com/uztaBXmOh6
— Jake (@pentony) September 10, 2022
— 👑 Mαχιмυs Knιgнт ♞ (@Maximus_4EVR) September 8, 2022
“I grew up in a household where Queen Elizabeth–her grace, her charm, her nobility–were deeply admired,” he expressed, “especially by my mother, who came from Scotland. The times we spent with the Queen at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle are memories Melania and I will cherish for the rest of our lives.”
Trump took special note of “unforgettable State Dinner” from 2019 during a trip set to coincide with the 75th anniversary of D-Day where they, “sat side-by-side to honor the sacrifice of the British and American warriors who fought and bled together in the Second World War.”
President Trump, First Lady Melania, Queen Elizabeth II 2019 visit: pic.twitter.com/I9D2MaCV34
— Shannon Ford (@h0memadetweets) September 8, 2022
“The treasured friendship and precious bond between America and the United Kingdom, which we call the Special Relationship,” the president detailed while referencing her extensive travel to over 100 countries, “meant that Her Majesty the Queen was truly special to us as well.”
Trump expanded, “In her person, the world witnessed the fullest expression of the British spirit. The virtues she epitomized were the virtues of the British people. By her example, we saw what it means to be British–a people who are strong and unwavering, wise and just, noble and majestic; a people who are serious, but good-humored; proud, but righteous; and indeed a people who are a blessing to the entire world.”
“That was Queen Elizabeth, and that is the United Kingdom,” he surmised. “She was Great Britain at its very best.”
The tribute also paused to recognize that time moves ever-forward: “As we grieve, we are comforted that King Charles III will be a great and outstanding successor to his cherished mother…He dearly loves the U.K. and its people. I know he will prove to be an inspiration to the British People, and that under Charles’s reign, they will continue to persevere through all challenges, and push relentlessly onward toward their great destiny in which Queen Elizabeth II so deeply believed.”
The former president’s reflection on the life and works of Queen Elizabeth II impacted many who were pleased that the Mail provided Trump a place to present his thoughts.
Agreed. Lovely tribute
— Ler.AME (@nightmaree94) September 10, 2022
Trump is magnificent
— Dave the Claret (@Dave18014197) September 10, 2022
A wonderful tribute to Her Majesty and the UK, by the 45th President.
— Rory The Cat (@RoryTheCat1) September 10, 2022
That was lovely 💕
— Sandra 🍊 (@Sandra73372316) September 10, 2022
Throughout the tribute to Her Majesty, Trump’s personal feelings on Queen Elizabeth II resonated, but were most clearly conveyed when he stated, “I will forever be grateful for the privilege of getting to know this unparalleled leader.”
— 👑 Mαχιмυs Knιgнт ♞ (@Maximus_4EVR) September 8, 2022
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