Boris Johnson paid a heartfelt tribute to ‘Elizabeth the Great’ as politicians remembered Queen Elizabeth in the House of Commons in London on Friday (09.09.22)
The former British Prime Minister – who left office earlier this week – reflected on the life of the late monarch following her death at the age of 96 on Thursday (08.09.22) and fondly recalled “the indomitable” and the “work ethic” that made his reign so successful.
In a speech to Parliament, Boris said: ‘I know I speak for other ex-Prime Ministers when I say she helped comfort and guide us and the nation .
“Because she had the patience and the sense of history to see that problems come and go and disasters are rarely as bad as they seem.
“And it was that indomitable, that humor, that work ethic, that sense of history that together made her Elizabeth the Great.”
Johnson was one of 15 prime ministers during the Queen’s 70-year reign and he described her as ‘the greatest, statesman and diplomat of them all’.
The 58-year-old politician, who was replaced at 10 Downing Street by Liz Truss this week, said: “During this extraordinary period of public service, with her naturally retentive and curious mind, I think, and no doubt good number of 15, that she became the greatest statesman and diplomat of them all.”
Boris explained how ‘radiant’ the Queen had been when he last met her on Tuesday (06.09.22) as he stepped down as Prime Minister.
He said: “That impulse to do her duty carried her through her 10th decade to the very moment at Balmoral, as my right honorable friend (Liz Truss) said just three days ago, when she saw her 14th Prime Minister, and welcomed her 15th.
“I can tell you, in that audience, she was as radiant and as knowledgeable and as fascinated by politics as I ever remember and as wise as anyone I know, if not wiser.”
Boris also praised the Queen for her ‘instinctive’ ability to bring joy to the British people and reflected on her famous parachute jump skit with James Bond at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games as well as in turn with the Platinum Jubilee Paddington Bear. celebrations earlier this year.
He said: “She instinctively knew how to lift the spirits of the nation, how to lead a celebration and I remember her innocent joy over 10 years ago after the opening ceremony of the London Olympics when I told her said the leader of a friendly group from the Middle East countries actually seemed to believe that she had jumped out of a helicopter in a pink dress and parachuted into the stadium and I remember with equal pleasure there is just a few weeks when she was told she had been a smash hit performing with Paddington Bear.”
Johnson explained that the Queen taught the world both “how to love” and “how to serve” during her time on the throne.
He said: “Think of what we asked of her – and think of what she gave.
“She showed the world not only how to rule over a people, she showed the world how to give, how to love and how to serve.”
Johnson also recalled how he was “moved to tears” during an interview with the BBC about the Queen when asked to refer to the monarch in the past tense.
He explained: “A few months ago the BBC came to me to talk about Her Majesty The Queen. And we sat down and the cameras started rolling. And they asked me to talk about her in the past tense. .
“And I’m afraid I just choked up and couldn’t go on. I’m really not easily moved to tears, but I was so overwhelmed with sadness that I had to ask them to go away. go.”