America's 41st president, George H.W. Bush passed away on Friday at the age of 94, eight months after his wife, Barbara Bush passed away. Since news has broken of his recent passing, condolences for the former president have been pouring in from far and wide, including a special heartfelt message sent from across the pond.
“It was with great sadness that I learned of the death of President H.W. Bush last night,” 92-year-old Queen Elizabeth II stated in an official message on Saturday.
Royal experts and those who worked under the senior Bush during his presidency said that whenever the Queen and Bush were together, they acted and looked just like "old friends." The two leaders first met back in 1989 when the Queen offered a tour of Buckingham Palace to Bush and his family. Time Magazine reported that in 1991, the Queen and Prince Philip accepted the Bush family's invitation to visit Washington and spend time with the first family.
“President Bush was a great friend and ally of the United Kingdom," Queen Elizabeth II said recently. "He was also a patriot, serving his country with honor and distinction in office and during the Second World War. Prince Philip and I remember our days in Texas in 1991 with great fondness. My thoughts and prayers are with President Bush’s family and the American people.”
Fox News reported that Bush was in awe of the Queen's work ethic and once said to her, “Rain or shine, your long walks have left even the Secret Service agents panting.”
In turn, those close to the Bush family have said that during the 1991 visit, the Queen was "struck" by the cowboy boots of George W., which were reportedly etched with the words “God Save the Queen.”
“There they all were, walking around like old friends,” said Sir David Manning, former British ambassador, who witnessed Bush and the Queen interact together. “Those occasions touch people in a way that is very hard to measure but it matters.” He added that the two were "very comfortable" around one another.
This tender friendship between the two families is said to have spilled over into Clinton's presidency as well. Here's to true friendship that lasts the test of time!