Yesterday, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and First Lady Fazna Ahmed attended the state funeral held for the longest reigning British Monarch in history, Queen Elizabeth II. The late Queen ruled over Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the Commonwealth Nations for seven decades from 1952 to 2022. She passed away on September 8th at the age of 96 in Balmoral Castle, Scotland.
The funeral service and ceremonial arrangements that took place yesterday, honoured the late Queen’s exceptional reign and paid tribute to her life in service to her country and the Commonwealth- a pledge she upheld from the time of her ascension to her death.
The state funeral was attended by a number of foreign dignitaries from the Commonwealth and British Overseas Territories as well as many Heads of States from various countries the UK established diplomatic relations with. The funeral service took place at Westminster Abbey in London in the presence of the Royal Family and the public eye.
After the funeral, the first couple attended a reception hosted by Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs of United Kingdom, James Cleverly.
Earlier this week, President Solih and Fazna Ahmed also paid their final respects to the Queen in separate messages wrote in the Book of Condolences opened in the memory of the Queen in Lancaster House. Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Maldives observed three days of mourning with the national flag flown at half-mast from September 9th-12th of September 2022. The Queen’s heir, Prince of Wales now ascends the throne as King Charles the third.