Catholics in the UK paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II after her death on September 8 and the end of a reign that lasted more than 70 years.
Pope Francis sent a telegram to His Majesty the King, Charles III, her son who immediately ascended the throne.
“I gladly join all who mourn her loss by praying for the late Queen’s eternal rest and to pay tribute to her life of unwavering service to the good of the nation and the Commonwealth, her example of devotion to duty, her steadfast testimony of faith in Jesus Christ, and her firm hope in His promises,” Pope Francis said.
The British sovereign died “peacefully” at Balmoral, the royal residence in Scotland, surrounded by members of her family. She was 96.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster, President of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, paid tribute with many of the Queen’s own words.