Donald Trump pens moving tribute to the Queen

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The former US President said the death of the Queen is a loss felt by billions around the world and few figures in history “fully exemplified the traits of dignity, steadfastness, resolve, duty and patriotic devotion”. Mr Trump, writing in the Daily Mail, added: “Spending time with Her Majesty was one of the most extraordinary honours of my life.

“I grew up in a household where Queen Elizabeth — her grace, her charm, her nobility — were deeply admired, especially by my mother, who came from Scotland.

“The times we spent with the Queen at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle are memories Melania and I will cherish for the rest of our lives.

“Her Majesty had a sharp mind, missed nothing, and always knew exactly what to say.”

Mr Trump’s tribute came as King Charles III spoke movingly of his mother and the grief his family is experiencing at a sombre meeting of the Accession Council.

More than 200 privy counsellors – including six former prime ministers – saw the King pledge himself to the task now before him and the “heavy responsibilities of Sovereignty”.

Meanwhile, in Scotland the Princess Royal, the Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex attended a service at Balmoral’s Crathie Kirk with their families where their mother regularly worshipped.

Afterwards, Anne, her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence and her children Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips joined Andrew and his daughters, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, and Edward and the Countess of Wessex with their daughter Lady Louise, at the gates of Balmoral Castle to look at floral tributes left for the late monarch.

The 45th president of the United States added the late Queen “embodied the uniquely British attribute of a firm and quiet resolve”, with her personal qualities “endearing her to the world” and touching “countless lives”.

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He added: “Above all, the Queen was great because Britain is great… She was Great Britain at its very best.”

Current US President Joe Biden and his wife Jill have already paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II.

They said in a statement: “In a world of constant change, she was a steadying presence and a source of comfort and pride for generations of Britons, including many who have never known their country without her.

“Her legacy will loom large in the pages of British history, and in the story of our world.”

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Four former US presidents, including Mr Trump, have paid tribute to the Queen after she died aged 96 on September 8 at Balmoral in Scotland.

Barack Obama said: “Michelle and I were lucky enough to come to know Her Majesty, and she meant a great deal to us.

“Time and again, we were struck by her warmth, the way she put people at ease and how she brought her considerable humour and charm to moments of great pomp and circumstance.”

George W. Bush said: “Laura and I were honoured to have known Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

“She was a woman of great intellect, charm, and wit. Spending time at Buckingham Palace, and having tea with Her Majesty and her Corgis is among our fondest memories of the presidency.

“Queen Elizabeth ably led England through dark moments with her confidence in her people and her vision for a brighter tomorrow.”

Bill Clinton said: “My thoughts and prayers are with the Royal Family and all the people Her Majesty inspired throughout her lifetime of service.”

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