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Elizabeth II. Boris Johnson says today is the country’s “saddest day.”

Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson called today the country’s “saddest day” because of the death of Queen Elizabeth II, a monarch who in his opinion was “so timeless” that she seemed to last forever.

Today is the saddest day in our country. “In the hearts of every one of us there is an ache for the death of our Queen, a great sense of loss-much more intense, perhaps, than we thought,” says an official note from Johnson, shared on the social network Twitter.

Boris Johnson maintained that “it is only in the face of loss” that Britons realized “what is gone.”

Liz Truss‘ predecessor added, “She was so timeless and wonderful that I fear we believed, as children, that she would always go on.”

“Today is the saddest day” in the country, said Boris Johnson, because Elizabeth II “had the simple power to make people happy.”

The former British Prime Minister praised her “profound wisdom, historical understanding, and her seemingly inexhaustible and indiscreet sense of mission” throughout her 70-year reign.

Boris Johnson’s message ends with the typical greeting to the new monarch, Charles III: “God Save The King.”

Queen Elizabeth II died today at the age of 96 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, it was announced via the royal family’s Twitter social network.

“The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and return to London tomorrow [Friday],” the message added, in a reference to Charles and Camilla.

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