World leaders extend condolences over passing of Queen Elizabeth II

96-year-old British monarch dies at Balmoral estate in Aberdeenshire, Scotland

ANKARA  =  Condolences pour from world leaders over the death of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday.

Britain’s longest-serving monarch Queen Elizabeth II died at the age of 96, Buckingham Palace said Thursday.

“The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon,” said the palace, adding: “The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”

UN, NATO, EU chiefs

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he was “deeply saddened” at the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and added that she was “admired worldwide for her leadership and devotion.”

“She was a good friend to the UN and a reassuring presence through decades of change,” Guterres tweeted.

“Her unwavering, lifelong dedication will be long remembered,” he added.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Queen Elizabeth II exemplified “selfless leadership and public service” over more than 70 years.

“My deepest condolences to the Royal Family, to our #NATO Allies the United Kingdom and Canada, and to the people of the Commonwealth,” he continued.

European Council President Charles Michel said their thoughts are “with the royal family and all those who mourn Queen Elizabeth II in the UK and worldwide.”

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