As the United States continues to mourn the death of former President George H.W. Bush, Queen Elizabeth II reached out to extend her condolences.
Calling the 41st president a “great friend and ally” of the UK, and expressing “great sadness” about his passing, the Queen showed great respect and admiration for an American president she is said to have liked best (she’s met 12 presidents).
Part of the reason the Queen and Bush Sr. reportedly had such a good rapport was that they were closest in age. Only two years separated the two world leaders, with both coming from the World War II generation, a conflict that obviously severely impacted their respective countries.
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“President Bush was a great friend and ally of the United Kingdom”
“Both leaders also had headstrong sons lined up to follow in their footsteps,” the UK’s Daily Mail noted, among other things that bonded the two heads of state. “In the case of George Bush, eldest son George W would eventually do so, though in those days second son, Jeb Bush, future governor of Florida, looked more promising.”
“The Queen and the Duke also got along famously with the no-nonsense, mother-of-six Barbara Bush. To cap it all, it was the Bushes who laid on one of the most memorable state visits of the Queen’s reign,” right after Britain and America had emerged victorious from the first Gulf War after Operation ‘Desert Storm’.
“President Bush was a great friend and ally of the United Kingdom. He was also a patriot, serving his country with honour and distinction in Office and during the Second World War,” the Queen said in her official statement.
“Prince Philip and I remember our days in Texas in 1991 with great fondness,” the Queen concluded. “My thoughts and prayers are with President Bush’s family and the American people.”
It’s not often you see two world leaders who truly are good friends – two great nations can only benefit from such a friendship. We wish all those mourning the death of Geroge H.W. Bush peace during this difficult time.