The French Presidential Palace mourned the death of Queen Elizabeth II in a long and emotional statement Thursday, thanking her for the role she played in modern history and Franco-British relationship.
“She held a special status in France and a special place in the hearts of the French people,” Élysée Palace said in a statement.
The Queen "loved France, which loved her back,” it added.
Queen Elizabeth II held the record for most visits to the Élysée Palace for a foreign sovereign. At various occasions, including the six state visits she made to France, the Queen has met with all eight presidents of the French Fifth Republic, which was established in 1959, according to the statement.
The Queen was fluent in French and made several public speeches in French while visiting the country.
“She who stood with the giants of the twentieth century on the path of history has now left to join them,” the statement said.