SOUTH CAROLINA, S.C. (WSPA) – South Carolina lawmakers reflect on Queen Elizabeth II’s life following her death Thursday.
Queen Elizabeth II was the queen of the United Kingdom for 70 years.
Senator Graham’s reflection is below:
“When she was 21 years old, the Queen famously said: “I declare before you all that my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.”
“As it turned out, she was blessed with a long life and kept her word to faithfully serve her people. As a woman of strong faith, she is now in the hands of a loving God.
“When it comes to Queen Elizabeth II, the combination of longevity, impeccable character, and incredible leadership over seven decades of war and peace is likely never to be seen again.
“Well done, Your Majesty – Rest in Peace.”
Congressman Jeff Duncan’s reaction is below:
“The Queen has remained a symbol of strength and fortitude during her monumental seven-decade reign. I am inspired by her love of country and faithful devotion, and her presence will be profoundly missed.
Queen Elizabeth II’s grace and poise have been a constant for the United Kingdom during her ninety-six years of life, from her time serving in the military in World War II to reigning as monarch for an unprecedented seventy years.
I especially admired her strong and genuine faith in Jesus Christ and her steadfastness in her role as head of the Church of England. During her lifetime and as Queen, she established relationships with American Presidents and has been a close ally and friend to the United States.
Our prayers are with Queen Elizabeth II’s family and the United Kingdom as they grieve the loss of an incredible woman who led an extraordinary life.”
Senator Tim Scott’s statement:
“I am saddened to hear of the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, and my prayers go out to the Windsor family and all the people of the United Kingdom who are mourning her death.
As the longest serving British monarch, her seven decades of steadfast leadership and commitment to building strong relationships with American leaders will be pillars of her larger than life legacy.”
Congressman William Timmons posted condolences to Twitter:
Queen Elizabeth II’s sense of duty, steadfast leadership, and devotion to God and Country guided Great Britain through many consequential moments in history during her 70-year reign.
My condolences to the Royal Family and the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.
Congressman Ralph Norman also tweeted out a statement Thursday:
My prayers go out to the Royal Family and all of those in the U.K. and the Commonwealth who are mourning the loss of Queen Elizabeth II.
May her life and legacy as one of the most symbolic historical figures never be forgotten.
Her 73-year-old son Prince Charles automatically becomes king, though the coronation might not take place for months. Royal officials confirmed that the new monarch will be known at King Charles III.