We are saddened by the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and we offer our condolences to the royal family as well as our friends and colleagues.
The queen was a leading figure in world affairs and a tireless advocate for the success and security of the UK throughout her reign. For many, she was the only monarch they’ve ever known.
By title, she was the head of the armed services in the United Kingdom, but her devotion and connection to the military went far beyond that. In her youth she was a driver and mechanic in the Auxiliary Territorial Service, a women's branch of the British Army, where she fixed vehicles toward the end of the Second World War. Afterward, she held the rank of brigadier in the Women's Royal Army Corps.
Throughout her reign, she held a deep and genuine interest in the welfare of soldiers, sailors and airmen; her sons and grandsons served on active duty, and she made many visits to service establishments and Royal Navy ships.
We join the world in mourning her loss.