Georgia reacts to the death of Queen Elizabeth II

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Buckingham Palace announced the death of Queen Elizabeth II, the world’s longest-serving monarch Thursday afternoon.

In Georgia, elected officials, public entities, and other leaders began sending their well-wishes and statements about the monarch’s passing immediately after the news was announced.

Here are what your fellow Georgians are saying about this historic moment not just in Britain but for the entire world.

Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens: “The City of Atlanta joins the world in mourning the loss of the Queen. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Royal Family, the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth realms. The Queen served her country for 70 years and her loss will be greatly felt around the globe. I send my condolences to the British Consulate General Atlanta, the UK residents who now make their home in Atlanta and the residents of our sister city, Newcastle upon Tyne.”

Atlanta City Council: “Our deepest sympathies are with the family of Queen Elizabeth II and the people of Britain. Her reign represents an incredible longevity, one that spanned more than a dozen presidential administrations and prime ministerships. Through it all, she remained committed to the obligations as the sovereign of a nation and was a witness to a transformational time in the histories of both Britain and the United States. She inspired countless people across the world and in many ways, was the embodiment of grace, diplomacy, and duty to country.”

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp: “Today, the world mourns the passing of one of history’s longest serving and most admired heads of state: Queen Elizabeth II. Thrust into the role when her nation was rapidly changing and the global landscape ever shifting, she demonstrated maturity and wit beyond her years to meet the challenges of her time. In the decades that followed, Her Royal Majesty provided a steady hand to her nation and its people through both times of crisis and prosperity.

“On this solemn day, the people of Georgia stand with their friends in the United Kingdom and join them in celebrating the life of Queen Elizabeth, now reunited with her late husband, while continuing to honor her memory.

“Please join Marty, the girls, and me in praying for the queen’s family, the people of the United Kingdom, and British Americans here in Georgia and those represented by the British Consulate-General, Atlanta.”

Mayor of Woodstock Michael Caldwell: “Few in world history have ever embodied a life of service better than Queen Elizabeth II. @CaldwellKatie and I join in praying for her family and the people of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth nations.” (via Twitter.)

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter: “Rosalynn and I extend our condolences to the family of Queen Elizabeth Il and the citizens of the United Kingdom. Her dignity, graciousness, and sense of duty have been an inspiration, and we join the millions around the world in mourning a remarkable leader.”

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