Former president Ion Iliescu said on Wednesday, September 9, that he met Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain in 2004, “beyond the constraints of protocol” and said of the former sovereign that she was a strong personality with a sense of humor .
“The passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II marks the end of a transformative historical era in which Britain played a leading role. Great Britain’s victory in the Second World War, in which the Queen participated directly, like the entire generation of which she was a part, was the beginning of economic and social reforms that influenced both the European continent and the whole world”, he wrote Ion Iliescu on his blog.
Now 92 years old, the former head of state characterized the Queen of Great Britain as “a strong and complex personality, beyond the image that is usually presented to us at such times”.
I had the opportunity to meet and talk with the Queen, beyond the constraints of protocol. A strong personality, open to the issues that dominated the public agenda, and with a sense of humor. And who did not forget for a moment the interests of the country whose head of state he was! I have a strong memory of the meeting in 2004, during the private visit to Great Britain, when the Queen offered a private lunch, attended by our great ballerina Alina Cojocaru.
Ion Iliescu, on the death of Queen Elizabeth II:
Iliescu emphasized that Romania’s relations with Great Britain “were unexpectedly fair, during the long reign of Queen Elizabeth II”.
“Great Britain was an active partner in the effort to industrialize and modernize Romania’s economy, it helped train some intellectual and technical elites,” said the former president, now 92 years old.
“Great Britain has lost, at a delicate moment for the West, and for democracy, as a political system, a leader and a link of national solidarity, and Romania – a friend and a landmark”, Iliescu also stated.
Queen Elizabeth II died on Thursday, September 8, at the age of 96, at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. His son, Prince Charles, automatically succeeded him and will reign as Charles III.
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Source From: Libertatea