Following the news that George H.W. Bush passed away Friday at the age of 94, statements memorializing the former president have been made by his family, fellow politicians, and a number of world leaders, including Queen Elizabeth.
She called the former president “a great friend” and “a patriot.”
Queen Elizabeth’s statement read as:-
“It was with sadness that I learned of the death of President George H W Bush last night. President Bush was a great friend and an ally of the United Kingdom”.
“He was also a patriot, serving his country with honour and distinction in Office and during the Second World War. Prince Philip and I remember our days in Texas in the year 1991 with great fondness”.
“My thoughts and prayers are with President Bush’s family and the American people”.
Her Majesty have had a great relationship with the American Presidents.
Over the course of her 66-year reign, the Queen has met with 12 out of the last 13 presidents. But her visits with George Bush Sr. are some of the most memorable.
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Not only did she attend a state dinner and plant a tree at the White House during her 1991 visit, but she also took in an Orioles game at Camden Yards in Baltimore during her time in the States.
Bush Sr. also held a special honour from Her Majesty.
In the year 1993, Bush Sr. was knighted by Queen Elizabeth. Though according to the Associated Press, he did not have to kneel to receive the designation and the honour.
Funeral plans for the former president are still in the works. And there will be services in both Texas and Washington, D.C. At this point, it is unclear if a member of the royal family will attend.