The King of Spain, Felipe VI has led the country in paying respects to Queen Elizabeth, who died yesterday, Thursday 8th September at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, aged 96.
Felipe, speaking in Seville, said that the Queen would be remembered as one of the great monarchs of all time for her dignity, sense of duty and courage.
The king is a second cousin of the queen, through his maternal grandmother who was the daughter of Queen Victoria.
In Madrid, the regional premier, Isabel Diaz Ayuso, also announced three days of official mourning across the autonomous community.
All flags on official buildings in the region will be flown at half mast as a sign of respect and condolence to the British people.
▶️Vídeo de las palabras de pésame de S.M. el Rey por el fallecimiento de S.M. la Reina Isabel II: pic.twitter.com/wn0VRdX3Mh
— Casa de S.M. el Rey (@CasaReal) September 8, 2022
The British Chamber of Commerce in Spain issued a statement to express their ” deepest
Aida García, President of the British Chamber, considers that the
The British Ambassdor to Spain, Hugh Elliott, tweeted that “as well as our Queen, she was also a mother and grandmother: my condolences and thoughts are with her family at this time. A Spanish friend told me last night, “we felt she was everybody’s Queen.” I am proud and privileged to have served her and like so many, feel her loss deeply.”
The ambassador also announced that the embassy in Madrid as well as all regional consulates have now opened condolence books for members of the public to sign.
Some Spanish media outlets are speculating if the former king, Juan Carlos is likely to be invited to the funeral, which is expected to be announced later today.