Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah today expressed their deepest condolences to the British royal family over the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.
In a statement, the king and queen said Queen Elizabeth would be remembered by their Majesties, the government and the people of Malaysia for her unwavering commitment to the Commonwealth of which Malaysia was a proud member, and her efforts to promote stronger ties between the UK and Malaysia.
"Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will also be remembered for her dedication to the people and the government of the UK as well as for her deep concern for the welfare and well-being of the people.
"Their Majesties’ thoughts are with the bereaved members of the royal family and the British people in this moment of sadness and sorrow as they come together to mourn the loss of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. May God bless Her Majesty's soul," the statement said.
Recalling a meeting with Queen Elizabeth, they said they had had the pleasure of paying a courtesy visit and attending a luncheon with her at Buckingham Palace in London on Dec 13, 2019.
The courtesy visit and the luncheon were in conjunction with a special seven-day visit to England, which began on Dec 9, 2019.
Queen Elizabeth, during her reign, visited Malaysia three times: in 1972 (special visit), 1989 (11th Commonwealth heads of government meeting) and 1998 (16th Commonwealth Games).
Queen Elizabeth, Britain’s longest-serving monarch, died at the age of 96 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland yesterday.