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PM John Briceno on The Queen’s Death

King Charles the Third earlier today released his first pre-recorded video statement since the death of Her Majesty The Queen. Queen Elizabeth the Second died peacefully yesterday at Balmoral in Scotland. The news of her death shocked millions around the world. Her reign of 70 years and 214 days was the longest of any British monarch and the second-longest recorded of any monarch of a sovereign country. In his message, King Charles pays tribute to his late mother the Queen and speaks of his feelings of “profound sorrow”. He says she was “an inspiration” and an example to him and his family. He says hers was “a life well lived”, adding she is “mourned most deeply in her passing”. Tonight Prime Minister John Briceno told reporters that while preparations for the worst were being made, The Queen’s death was still shocking. 

John Briceño, Prime Minister of Belize: “Like all Belizeans, we were shocked. We knew it was coming but nobody expected it to have been, to happen so fast. I mean just on Monday she met with the past Prime Minister and now the present Prime Minister and then to find out that four days later she is dead. We are all grateful for the work that Queen Elizabeth II has done for 70 plus years as the Queen of England and the Commonwealth. It’s the only queen that Belize has known since 1981. She visited Belize twice and people were excited about her visit. So we are saddened by her death and we certainly take the opportunity on behalf of all Belizeans to express our deepest condolences to her family, to King Charles III and his entire family on the loss of not only The Queen of England and the Commonwealth but of a mother and a grandmother.”