'A figure of great dignity': Marcos Jr. pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth II

Job Manahan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 09 2022 01:48 PM | Updated as of Sep 09 2022 11:24 PM

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at the Cyber Crime Security center in London, Britain, February 14, 2017 (reissued 08 September 8, 2022). According to a statement issued by Buckingham Palace on 08 September 2022, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has died at her Scottish estate, Balmoral Castle, on 08 September 2022. The 96-year-old Queen was the longest-reigning monarch in British history. Andy Rain, EPA-EFE
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at the Cyber Crime Security center in London, Britain, February 14, 2017 (reissued 08 September 8, 2022). According to a statement issued by Buckingham Palace on 08 September 2022, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has died at her Scottish estate, Balmoral Castle, on 08 September 2022. The 96-year-old Queen was the longest-reigning monarch in British history. Andy Rain, EPA-EFE

MANILA (2nd UPDATE) — President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. on Friday paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's longest-serving monarch, and described her as a figure of "great dignity" that even Filipinos admired. 

In a statement, Marcos lauded the Queen's dedication and service, saying Filipinos "developed a great sense of affection for her as a Queen, as mother, and as a grandmother."

"She exemplified to the world a true monarch's great dignity, commitment to duty, and devotion to all those in her realm," Marcos said. 

"The world has lost a true figure of majesty in what she demonstrated throughout her life and throughout her reign as Queen," he added. 

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Photos from President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.'s social media page.

Photos from President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.'s social media page.

Photos from President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.'s social media page.

Photos from President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.'s social media page.

Photos shared by British Ambassador to Manila Laure Beaufils showed that Marcos signed the book of condolences for the late queen beside her portrait. 

First Lady Liza Araneta-Marcos, sons Ilocos Norte First District Rep. Sandro Marcos and Simon Marcos, and House Speaker Martin Romualdez also paid their respects to the Queen. 

"We are grateful for your kind words & warm memories of Her Majesty," Beaufils said in a tweet. 

The British Embassy said the condolence book will be open to the public until 5 p.m. Friday, and again from Sept. 12 to 16 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. It will be placed at the gates of the British Embassy Manila at 120 Upper McKinley Road, Taguig City. 

A virtual condolence book was also opened at https://www.royal.uk/books-condolence.

The Union Jack in Manila flew on half staff, with the UK embassy's profile photo on its social media pages changed to black as the country mourned the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. 

Buckingham Palace announced the Queen's death on Friday, setting in motion 10 days of national mourning and a global outpouring of tributes to her long life and record-breaking reign.

— With reports from Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News; Agence France-Presse

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