3 First Secretary, Abudullahi Yusuf of Permanent Mission of Somalia to the UN, signing condolence register at the UN headquarters on Friday in New York.
Also, flags of Member States were seen flying at half-mask in honour of the Britain’s longest-reigning monarch and the nation’s figurehead for seven decades, who died at the age of 96 on Thursday (Sept. 8).
6 “She was a reassuring presence throughout decades of sweeping change, including the decolonisation of Africa and Asia and the evolution of the Commonwealth”.
7 Queen Elizabeth II was “a good friend of the United Nations”, he said, recalling that she had visited New York Headquarters twice, more than 50 years apart.
9 Queen Elizabeth II died on the estate known as Balmoral Castle in Scotland, which had served as a royal summer retreat.
10 Over the past year, she had delegated some royal duties to her eldest son, Prince Charles, the heir to the throne, including presiding over the state opening of Parliament in May.
It was the first time since 1963 that the Queen did not attend the ceremony.
13 She became the 15th prime minister to hold office during the queen’s reign – the first was Winston Churchill.
14 Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the throne following the death of her father King George VI on Feb. 6, 1952, at just 25 years of age.
15 She was crowned in June the following year.
17 Throughout her tenure, the Monarch served as a living link to World War II Britain, presided over a post-colonial era adjustment and saw the country through what some called “a bitter divorce” from the European Union during Brexit.
18 After the announcement of her death, crowds outside Buckingham Palace continued to grow significantly while others braved heavy rainfall at Balmoral.
19 The official website of the Royal Family was temporarily unavailable immediately following her passing but did post that the Queen had died peacefully.
According to news media, there will be a 10-day mourning period before her funeral will take place.
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