A lifetime of dedication and devotion


The death of Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is a deeply saddening moment.

Since the beginning of the national mourning period, we have seen a tremendous outpouring of respect and love for Her late Majesty and the Royal Family from around the world.

In Japan, it was humiliating to see queues of people queuing outside the embassy in Tokyo and visiting the British consulate in Osaka to sign the book of condolence or leave flowers and personal messages. Over 1,000 members of the public queued outside the British Embassy in Tokyo on Monday and Tuesday to sign the book of condolence.

During years of tremendous change in international affairs, Her late Majesty was a source of continuity and stability.

She reigned longer than any other monarch in British history. During her extraordinary 70-year reign, she traveled further than any other monarch, making over 260 official foreign visits and nearly 100 state visits, including one to Japan.

People visit the British Embassy in Tokyo September 9 to give flowers after the Queen's death the previous day at the age of 96 after 70 years on the throne.  |  KYODO
People visit the British Embassy in Tokyo September 9 to give flowers after the Queen’s death the previous day at the age of 96 after 70 years on the throne. | KYODO

No one has done more to strengthen the bonds of friendship, understanding and respect between the UK and the rest of the world.

During her reign, the ties between the United Kingdom and Japan, and between our royal and imperial families, grew even stronger, not least through her visit to Japan in 1975.

With her power to transcend politics and geography, she touched the lives of millions.

Like His Majesty King Charles III. last week in his address to the nation, said: “The affection, admiration and respect she aroused became the hallmark of her reign.”

His Majesty the King also spoke of Her late Majesty’s enduring love of tradition and her fearless embrace of progress.

Britain's King Charles III (centre), Prince William (far left), Prince Harry (third from right) and Princess Anne (far right) walk behind Queen Elizabeth's coffin during a procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall in London on Wednesday II.  |  KYODO
Britain’s King Charles III (centre), Prince William (far left), Prince Harry (third from right) and Princess Anne (far right) walk behind Queen Elizabeth’s coffin during a procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall in London on Wednesday II. | KYODO

She played a leading role in guiding the UK through many changes. Prime Minister Liz Truss described her as “the rock on which modern Britain was built”.

Today the UK is a diverse and dynamic country that celebrates and benefits from its rich diversity.

Her late Majesty’s life was truly well lived. Her dedication and dedication have been an inspiration to many.

The state funeral will be a deeply solemn moment attended by heads of state from around the world.

We are deeply honored to welcome the presence of Their Majesties Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako at the state funeral of Her Majesty the late Queen.

It will also be a special moment for people in the UK and around the world to pay their last respects to a sovereign who has never wavered through times of joy and celebration, and through times of sorrow and loss.

At this deeply sad moment of national mourning, we reflect on the loss of a prominent figure in British history, but remember how she embodied the best of British qualities of propriety and humility.

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