Queen Elizabeth II has died. She was the UK's longest reigning monarch and the world's longest serving head of state.
Guterres also said, “as the United Kingdom's longest-lived and longest-reigning Head of State, Queen Elizabeth II was widely admired for her grace, dignity, and dedication around the world. She was a reassuring presence throughout decades of sweeping change, including the decolonization of Africa and Asia and the evolution of the Commonwealth.”
He added, “Queen Elizabeth II was a good friend of the United Nations, and visited our New York Headquarters twice, more than fifty years apart. She was deeply committed to many charitable and environmental causes and spoke movingly to delegates at the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow.”
Guterres paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II for her “unwavering, lifelong dedication to serving her people. The world will long remember her devotion and leadership.”
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland has twice addressed the world leaders from the podium of the United Nations General Assembly.
Her first trip to New York took place in 1957, five years into her reign as the Head of the Commonwealth and queen regnant of seven independent Commonwealth countries - the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan, and Ceylon.
In her speech in front of the General Assembly, the Queen Elizabeth II then said “this Assembly was born of the endeavours of countless men and women from different nations who, over the centuries, have pursued the aims of the preservation of peace between nations, equality of justice for all before the law and the right of the peoples of the world to live their lives in freedom and security.”
She also said “We are still far from the achievement of the ideals which I have mentioned but we must not be discouraged. The peoples of the world expect the United Nations to persevere in its efforts.”
In July 2010, Queen Elizabeth visited the United Nations for the second time. In an address to the General Assembly, she said “for over six decades, the United Nations has helped to shape the international response to global dangers. The challenge now, is to continue to show this clear and convenient leadership while not losing sight of your ongoing work to secure the security, prosperity and dignity of our fellow human beings.”
Queen Elizabeth II also said added in “when people in 53 years from now look back on us, they will doubtlessly view many of our practices as old-fashioned. But it is my hope that when judged by future generations, our sincerity, our willingness to take a lead and our determination to do the right thing, will stand the test of time. In tomorrow’s world, we must all work together as hard as ever, if we are truly to be united nations.”