George W. Bush releases statement on Queen’s passing

Former U.S. President George W. Bush has just released a statement on Queen Elizabeth II’s recent passing. 

The statement was posted to the George W. Bush Presidential Center website.

Bush’s statement

The former president began his statement by recalling the time that he and his wife, former first lady Laura Bush, spent with the Queen.

“Laura and I were honored to have known Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II,” Bush writes. “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.”

Bush went on to state that both England and the world benefited from the Queen’s leadership.

“Queen Elizabeth ably led England through dark moments with her confidence in her people and her vision for a brighter tomorrow,” Bush wrote. “Our world benefitted from her steady resolve, and we are grateful for her decades of service as sovereign. Americans, in particular, appreciate her strong and steadfast friendship.”

The former president concluded his statement, writing, “Laura and I join our fellow citizens in sending our heartfelt condolences to the Royal family and the British people.”

Background

Bush is one of 13 U.S. presidents that Queen Elizabeth met during her long reign of 70 years. The Queen had met every president since Eisenhower, except Lyndon Johnson.

George W. Bush’s background is somewhat unique given that he is the son of former President George H.W. Bush. Accordingly, George W. Bush had multiple opportunities to meet the Queen, both during his father’s presidency and during his own presidency.

In recalling these occasions, George W. Bush has given the world some insight into the Queen’s personality.

The former president has recalled the first meetup, in 1991, when the Queen asked him whether he was “the black sheep,” after Bush was asked by his mother whether he was going to wear a rather “gaudy” pair of cowboy boots to a luncheon with the Queen.

And, remembering his 2008 visit, Bush has, in particular, recalled the “magical moment” when the Queen gave him a tour of the castle. This was special for him as, in his own words, he is “a history buff.”

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