By Choekyi Lhamo
DHARAMSHALA, Sept. 9: The Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Friday wrote to the late Queen Elizabeth’s son, King Charles III, to express his condolences to the Royal family of the United Kingdom. The octogenarian leader recalled his memory when the late queen was ascended to throne, “I remember seeing photographs of her coronation in magazines when I was young in Tibet.” Queen Elizabeth II passed away on Thursday at Balmoral castle in Scotland, leaving behind a controversial reign which saw the disintegration of British rule in many of its colonies.
The Dalai Lama wrote that the late Queen lived a life of “dignity, grace, a strong sense of service and a warm heart”. “Her reign, as Britain’s longest serving monarch, represented celebration, inspiration and a reassuring sense of continuity for so many people alive today,” the Tibetan leader further wrote.
The President of the Central Tibetan Administration, also known as the Tibetan government-in-exile, Penpa Tsering also offered his condolences for the death of the British monarch, “Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was an extraordinary leader who remains an embodiment of courage, duty and unwavering dedication to public service. On behalf of the CTA and Tibetan people, we express our profound condolences to the Royal Family and people of the United Kingdom.”
The Speaker of the 17th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, Khenpo Sonam Tenphel also sent his prayers and condolences after the demise of the Queen. “On such a monumental loss, the thoughts and prayers of all the Tibetan people around the world are with the people of the United Kingdom and the commonwealth in this hour of grief. She will be remembered as one of the strongest and longest reigning monarchs in modern history. Her legacy will live on in history,” the Speaker said in a statement on Friday.