'True figure of majesty': Marcos, Philippine envoy to UK honor Queen Elizabeth II

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Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. was among the first to sign a condolence book at the British Embassy in Manila on Friday, September 9 2022, as tributes poured in for the late Queen Elizabeth II. (PHOTO: Laure Beaufils Twitter)
Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. was among the first to sign a condolence book at the British Embassy in Manila on Friday, September 9 2022, as tributes poured in for the late Queen Elizabeth II. (PHOTO: Laure Beaufils Twitter)

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and the Philippine envoy to the United Kingdom have paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, following her passing on Friday (September 9) at the age of 96.

"It is with profound sadness that we receive the news of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in Balmoral Castle yesterday evening. She exemplified to the world a true monarch's great dignity, commitment to duty, and devotion to all those in her realm," wrote Marcos in a Facebook post. "The world has lost a true figure of majesty in what she demonstrated throughout her life and throughout her reign as Queen."

The president added, "We, together with many Filipinos living and working in England, though not subjects of the Queen, have found ourselves having developed a great sense of affection for her as a Queen, as mother, and as a grandmother."

Separately, newly appointed ambassador and former Foreign Secretary Teodoro "Teddy Boy" Locsin, Jr. praised the "immeasurable loss" of the late monarch in a series of tweets.

"There she was in the thick of it; not losing her poise even in the worst crises of Great Britain; from the hardship and rancor of postwar recovery, the blowback of Suez, the nativity of new nations from the womb of Empire; the flash triumph of the Falklands; through personal tragedies with the deepest loss of [Prince] Philip, [Duke of Edinburgh]," wrote Locsin.

He added, "Poise perfect responses to them all no doubt at the cost of deep heartache sharpened by her sense of duty to keep it up – not a stiff upper lip but the unfailing smile around her eyes a lesser royal would shut in exasperation. Filipinos never faltered in their love of the English Queen."

According to British government data, there are some 158,000 Filipinos living and working in the United Kingdom as of June 2021.

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