Antigua and Barbuda’s diplomat Dario Item joined the Government of Antigua and Barbuda in offering his condolences to the Royal Family following the death of Queen Elizabeth II at age 96.
Ambassador Item, who is also the country’s permanent representative to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), said in a statement that he was saddened to hear of Her Majesty’s passing.
The diplomat paid tribute to the late monarch’s exemplary service by highlighting: “From Her Coronation in 1953, Her Majesty has set an example of total devotion to Great Britain, the Commonwealth, and all the people around the world.”
He further adds, “Her generosity of spirit not only to the people of Her country but to those of many countries around the world, has meant that Her Majesty has always been seen and respected by all as their Queen.”
In solemn solidarity with the Royal Family, people of the United Kingdom, and the Commonwealth, the flag of Antigua and Barbuda at its Madrid embassy has been flown at half mast until the day of the funeral.
Ambassador Dario Item added that Her Majesty’s legacy “will be remembered for Her many years of dedicated service to its people, the Commonwealth and her endless commitment to duty.”
In his message, he said that the Queen’s generosity of spirit not only to the people of Her country, but to those of many countries around the world, has meant that Her Majesty has always been seen and respected by all as their Queen.
The ambassador concluded his message of deepest condolences that the Queen’s “legacy will live on through the many charitable organisations she was a patron of and throughout many lives whose service she’s touched and impacted.
“We join with people around the world in mourning the loss, and bowing to the magnificent reign of a truly remarkable woman who will be greatly missed by people all over the world”.
The Queen’s funeral, which has been declared a national holiday, will be held on Monday September 19 at Westminster Abbey at 11am.