Former President Donald Trump called the late Queen Elizabeth II “indispensable” and said that spending time with her was one of the “most extraordinary honors in my life,” in an op-ed written for the U.K.’s Daily Mail.
The article, published on Saturday, comes after the monarch of the island country passed away on Thursday after more than 70 years on the throne, making her the longest reigning monarch in history. She was 96.
“Spending time with Her Majesty was one of the most extraordinary honors of my life,” wrote the former president. “I grew up in a household where Queen Elizabeth — her grace, her charm, her nobility — were deeply admired, 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 met Queen Elizabeth II in July 2018 at Windsor Castle with First Lady Melania Trump and again in June 2019 at Buckingham Palace.
“At our unforgettable State Dinner three years ago, we got along wonderfully, talking the whole evening,” Trump wrote. “That same week, the 75th anniversary of D-Day, we sat side-by-side to honor the sacrifice of the British and American warriors who fought and bled together in the Second World War. I will forever be grateful for the privilege of getting to know this unparalleled leader.”
Trump praised the late monarch, saying that “Few in history have more fully exemplified the traits of dignity, steadfastness, resolve, duty, and patriotic devotion.”
“She saw her country through the Blitz of London, the Cold War, the Falklands conflict, the coal miners’ strikes, Brexit, COVID, and so much more,” Trump said, stating that the queen “was always there for her people,” and that she “was respected and beloved by the American People like few other figures in modern times.”
“In the face of all adversity, she embodied the uniquely British attribute of a firm and quiet resolve,” he wrote. “The qualities that served Queen Elizabeth so well as monarch also endeared her to the hearts of countless people all over the world.”
Trump also took time to praise the newly named King Charles III, saying that “King Charles III will be a great and outstanding successor to his cherished mother. Melania and I were blessed to get to know him well when we visited England. 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.”
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