Catalonia laments passing of Queen Elizabeth II

Deceased monarch a "historic figure of enormous significance," says president

Image of the Queen Elizabeth II (Courtesy of Buckingham Palace)
Image of the Queen Elizabeth II (Courtesy of Buckingham Palace) / ACN

ACN | Barcelona

September 8, 2022 07:53 PM

News of the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's longest-serving monarch, on Thursday evening was met with sorrow in Catalonia and beyond. 

"I would like to express my condolences to UK authorities and institutions," president Pere Aragonès said, calling her a "historic figure of enormous significance."

"Our thoughts are with the Royal Family and all those who admire Queen Elizabeth II worldwide," vice president Jordi Puigneró said. "She has been one of the most important and influential personalities during her 70 years of kingdom."

"For 70 years Queen Elizabeth II has been a beacon of service for the four nations of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth nations," Catalan foreign minister Victòria Alsina tweeted moments after the announcement of the 96-year-old's passing.

"[She] showed her commitment to democracy and to her peoples from WWII to this very day. Our condolences from Catalonia to the British people."

"It is with deep sadness that we learn about HM Queen Elizabeth’s passing," the Catalan government delegation to the United Kingdom and Ireland tweeted. "UK’s longest-serving monarch, and a symbol and example for the whole nation. Your Majesty, we thank you for your service. May she rest in peace."  

Salvador Illa, the head of the Catalan branch of the Socialist party, expressed his "deepest condolences to the Royal Family, the British people, the UK Government, and the Commonwealth countries," describing her as "one of the most important and influential people of the last century."

"My condolences to the entire Royal Family, the government, and the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth on the passing of Queen Elizabeth II," Spain's Socialist PM, Pedro Sánchez, tweeted. "A figure of global significance, witness and author of British and European history."

Meanwhile, Carles Puigdemont, who was the Catalan president at the time of the independence referendum deemed illegal by Spain, conveyed his "deepest condolences to the now King Charles, the Royal Family, and the British people."

Even the Catalan capital's football team, FC Barcelona, had something to say about the monarch's death: "FC Barcelona express their condolences to the British royal family and all British citizens."