Premier Mark McGowan has paid tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, saying she has been a “tower of strength” during her 70 year reign.
As the world comes to grips with the tragic news from Buckingham Palace that Britain’s longest-reigning monarch has died, Mr McGowan took to Twitter to pay his respects and tribute to the 96-year-old.
Extending his condolences to the Royal Family and those mourning the loss of the Queen, the Premier said the Late Majesty has been “a tower of strength” in a “historic reign” ever since her coronation at the age of 25.
“Our thoughts this morning are also with the people of the United Kingdom, as they mourn the loss of Queen Elizabeth the Second and the end of her historic reign,” he said.
“During her 70-year reign she has been a constant presence during an era of great change in her kingdom and around the world.
For many, she is synonymous with the post-World War II era in a way that no other head of state could ever be.
The Premier added most West Australians would not have known another monarch, with the second Elizabethan-era now coming to a close following her death.
“She led the Commonwealth through some of the darkest days and will forever be an inspiration to the world and Western Australia, a State she visited seven times,” he said.
“As we mourn her passing, more information will be released shortly on how Western Australians can pay tribute.
“May she rest in peace.”
It comes as Prime Minister Anthony Albanese was alerted of Her Majesty’s death before a public announcement, as per protocol.
“Her Majesty was a rare and reassuring constant amidst rapid change. Through the noise and turbulence of the years, she embodies and exhibited a timeless decency and enduring calm,” Mr Albanese said addressing the nation.
“From her first trip here, it was clear Her Majesty had a special place in our hearts, and we, in hers,” he said.
WA’s Opposition Leader Mia Davies also expressed her sympathies and gratitude after the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.
She highlighted the Queen’s as a “steadfast pillar” for Australia during her seven-decade reign and credited her values, leadership and grace in a touching tribute.
“For 70 years, the Queen has been a steadfast pillar for not only the people of the United Kingdom, but also the Commonwealth of Nations,” the Nationals WA leader said.
“Her Majesty served with dignity and grace, and we acknowledge her unwavering service and commitment to duty through her seven-decade reign.
Ms Davies said Her Majesty was the first monarch to set foot on Australian soil, visiting our State in 1954.
“The Queen’s Tree in Kings Park in Perth remains a lasting symbol of her devotion to serving our nation,” she said.
“Her Majesty earned the respect and love of the people she served, honouring the promise she made seven decades ago that her whole life, whether it be long or short, would be devoted to service.
“Our thoughts are with her family as they mourn this remarkable woman who has been a mainstay for them, and many millions more. May the Queen rest in peace.”
WA Liberals leader David Honey also offered his condolences and thanked the late Monarch for her 70 years of service.
“Australia woke up to some very sad news today. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has passed away after 96 incredible years of service to the Commonwealth,” he said.
“The Queen dedicated her life to serving the people in her role as the Monarch of 14 Commonwealth countries or realms, including Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and South Africa. May she rest in peace. God save the King.”