President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and First Lady Fazna Ahmed have paid their last respects to the late Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning British monarch whose rule spanned seven decades. She passed away on September 8, at the age of 96.
Before paying their final respects, President Solih and First Lady Fazna wrote separate messages in the Book of Condolences opened at Lancaster House, London. The president and the first lady conveyed sincere condolences to King Charles III, the royal family, the people of the United Kingdom (UK), Northern Ireland, and the Commonwealth of Nations.
In his message, President Solih said he is humbled and honoured to pay his final respects, as the world mourns the loss of Queen Elizabeth II, adding she lives on in people’s hearts and memories. First Lady Fazna wrote she learnt of the passing away of Queen Elizabeth II with great sadness, as her grace and devotion touched people around the world. The first lady offered her gratitude to the late Queen Elizabeth II for her devotion to her children, her country and her people, and for being an inspiration to all.
The state funeral for Queen Elizabeth II will take place at Westminster Abbey on September 19.