Donald Trump Remembers Queen Elizabeth: 'Nobody Like Her'

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Donald Trump Remembers Queen Elizabeth: 'Nobody Like Her'

Donald Trump joined current and former U.S. presidents in celebrating the legacy of Queen Elizabeth Thursday, following the announcement that the longtime monarch had died at the age of 96.

"Melania and I are deeply saddened to learn of the loss of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II," Trump wrote in a post on his social media site, Truth Social. "Together with our family and fellow Americans, we send our sincere condolences to the Royal Family and the people of the United Kingdom during this time of great sorrow and grief."

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (R) raises a glasses with US President Donald Trump during a State Banquet in the ballroom at Buckingham Palace in central London on June 3, 2019, on the first day of the US president and First Lady's three-day State Visit to the UK. - Britain rolled out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump on June 3 as he arrived in Britain for a state visit already overshadowed by his outspoken remarks on Brexit.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (R) raises a glasses with US President Donald Trump during a State Banquet in the ballroom at Buckingham Palace in central London on June 3, 2019, on the first day of the US president and First Lady's three-day State Visit to the UK. - Britain rolled out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump on June 3 as he arrived in Britain for a state visit already overshadowed by his outspoken remarks on Brexit.

DOMINIC LIPINSKI/POOL/AFP via Getty President Donald Trump and Queen Elizabeth

Trump continued: "Queen Elizabeth's historic and remarkable reign left a tremendous legacy of peace and prosperity for Great Britain. Her leadership and enduring diplomacy secured and advanced alliances with the United States and countries around the world. However, she will always be remembered for her faithfulness to her country and her unwavering devotion to her fellow countrymen and women."

Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrived for their first state visit to the U.K. in June 2019, walking over to greet the Queen alongside Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

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During that visit, Trump was joined by all of his adult children: Donald Trump Jr.Eric TrumpIvanka Trump (a senior White House aide) and Tiffany Trump.

The President Of The United States And Mrs Trump Meet HM Queen
The President Of The United States And Mrs Trump Meet HM Queen

Chris Jackson/Getty From left: Melania Trump, Donald Trump, Queen Elizabeth

Months later, the former American first couple returned to Buckingham Palace for a NATO 70th anniversary reception hosted by the Queen.

In his statement released Thursday, Trump wrote that he and his wife would "always cherish our time together with the Queen, and never forget Her Majesty's generous friendship, great wisdom, and wonderful sense of humor."

"What a grand and beautiful lady she was—there was nobody like her!" Trump wrote. "Our thoughts and prayers will remain with the great people of the United Kingdom as you honor her most meaningful life and exceptional service to the people. May God bless the Queen, may she reign forever in our hearts, and may God hold her and Prince Philip in abiding care."

The President Of The United States And Mrs Trump Meet HM Queen
The President Of The United States And Mrs Trump Meet HM Queen

Chris Jackson/Getty Images Donald Trump, Queen Elizabeth

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Former White House Russia advisor Fiona Hill wrote in her book, There Is Nothing For You Here: Finding Opportunity in the 21st Century, that Trump was "awestruck" by the Queen, and saw a meeting with her as a sign that he "had made it in life."

"Going to Buckingham Palace was supposed to be a highlight of his presidency," Hill wrote in the book, per Insider. "Meeting Queen Elizabeth II was particularly important to President Trump. He often referred in conversation to his mother, Mary Anne Mac-Leod, who was originally from Scotland, and her admiration for Queen Elizabeth."

U.S. President Trump's State Visit To UK - Day One
U.S. President Trump's State Visit To UK - Day One

Samir Hussein/WireImage Queen Elizabeth and President Trump

Trump, Hill wrote, was "always slightly awestruck when he talked about her—his voice and his face would soften. A meeting with the Queen of England was the ultimate sign that he, Trump, had made it in life."

In a June 2019 interview with Fox News, Trump said he had "such a great relationship" with the Queen, adding that the two were "laughing and having fun" during their first meeting.

Ahead of their first meeting, the former president called the Queen "incredible," telling The Sun: "I really look forward to meeting her. I think she represents her country so well. If you think of it, for so many years she has represented her country, she has really never made a mistake. You don't see, like, anything embarrassing. She is just an incredible woman."