Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern has written to the United Kingdom’s newly proclaimed King Charles to express the Government’s condolences on the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.
In a letter from PM Ardern, she wrote:
On behalf of the Government of New Zealand I wish to express my sincere condolences on the death of Her Majesty The Queen, your mother.
As Queen of New Zealand, Her Majesty was loved for her grace, calmness, dedication, and public service. Her affection for New Zealand and its people was clear, and it was an affection that was shared.
Her Majesty was an important part of all our lives throughout her reign – but she was first and foremost a daughter, a sister, a mother, and a grandmother.
You have our deepest sympathies for her loss but also our gratitude for her extraordinary life of service.
I remain, Your Majesty,
Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern