President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and First Lady Fazna Ahmed on Wednesday afternoon signed the book of condolence opened at the British High Commission in the Maldives, in memory of Her Majesty the late Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning British monarch whose rule spanned seven decades. The late Queen passed away on Thursday, 8 September, 2022, at the age of 96.

In their joint message, the President and First Lady described Her Majesty's long and distinguished reign as the finest example of loyalty to duty, sacrifice, and selfless service, as well as the love for her people. They said that she served the UK, the Commonwealth, and the wider international community with the utmost dignity and dedication.

The message also stated that Her Majesty held an exalted place with the Maldivians and that many people still remember her visit to the Maldives from fifty years ago with great fondness. The President and the First Lady’s message noted that Maldivians held her in the highest regard by referring to her with the singular word “Raanee”, which means Queen, as she was unique in her eminence, and in her tireless work through the Commonwealth to give equal representation to smaller nations like the Maldives.