Queen pays tribute to George HW Bush after death ‘A great friend and ally of UK’

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Queen pays tribute to George HW Bush after death ‘A great friend and ally of UK’

The Queen has sent a message to US President Donald Trump and the people of America following the death of President George HW Bush.

The Queen and George HW Bush in the Picture Room at Buckingham Palace Image PA
The Queen and George HW Bush in the Picture Room at Buckingham Palace Image PA

The 92-year-old monarch led the UK’s condolences to the former American leader, who she described as a “great friend and ally” of the UK. The Queen also revealed how she and her husband Prince Philip “remember our days” in Texas in 1991 with “great fondess”. She said: “It was with sadness that I learned of the death of President George HW Bush last night. “President Bush was a great friend and 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

The Queen and President Bush in 1991 Image GETTY
The Queen and President Bush in 1991 Image GETTY

“Prince Philip and I remember our days in Texas in 1991 with great fondness.

“My thoughts and prayers are with President Bush’s family and the American people.”

Buckingham Palace saiid the Queen will also send a a private message of condolence to the family of President George HW Bush.

1 The Queen has paid tribute to George HW Bush Image PA GETTY
1 The Queen has paid tribute to George HW Bush Image PA GETTY

The Queen and Prince Philip spent two and a half days in Texas, where they spent time in Houston taking in the sights of the city.

President Bush was a great friend and ally of the United Kingdom.

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The visit was part of the royals’ whirlwind 12-day tour of the states, which began in Washington and moved to Miami, Tampa, Austin, San Antonio and Dallas.

George HW Bush, who has died aged 94, will go down in history as the president in charge at the end of the Cold War who took the United States into the first Gulf conflict.

He was elected as the 41st President in 1988 and served a single term before losing his 1992 re-election bid to Democrat Bill Clinton.

Months into his presidency he was faced with the dissolution of the Soviet Union and he oversaw the removal of Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega.

Theresa May also paid tribute to Mr Bush’s ethos of public service had been “the guiding thread of his life and an example to us all”.

She said: “At each stage of his remarkable career, the president worked side by side with his friends, colleagues and counterparts in the United Kingdom.

“Today Britain remembers a great statesman and a true friend of our country.”

Former prime minister Tony Blair added: “President Bush was an extraordinary and exemplary public servant, a man dedicated to his country, the values it stands for at its best and to making the world better, more stable and more peaceful.”

Source: EXPRESS CO UK