British Queen saddened with death of RP's 'true queen'

Posted at 08/06/09 5:32 PM

MANILA - The reigning Queen of the British monarch joined people in the Philippines and all over the world in mourning the death of former President Corazon Aquino.

In a message, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II said, "I am saddened to hear of the death of Corazon 'Cory' Aquino the former President of the Republic of the Philippines."

She added, "I send my sincere condolences to her family and to the people of the Philippines."

President Aquino has been called the "icon of democracy" for leading a bloodless people power revolution in 1986 to topple former President Marcos, a dictator. She died last August 1.

In the funeral mass before she was laid to rest on Wednesday, a priest referred to President Aquino as "the only true queen our people ever had." Fr. Catalino Arevalo said in his homily that President Aquino was a great leader because of her selflessness, faith and courage."

President Aquino's term in office lasted only for 6 years--up to 1992.

On the other hand, Queen Elizabeth II is a true-blooded royalty. Her 57-year reign makes her one of the longest reigning British monarchs.  (Correction: In the first posting of this report, we erroneously said that Queen Elizabeth is the longest reigning British monarch.)

Her message of condolence was conveyed to President Gloria Arroyo by British Ambassador to Manila, Peter Beckingham in an August 4 letter. It was coursed through Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo.

The brief message was signed "Elizabeth R."


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