Members of the public stopped to study a large picture of Queen Elizabeth II at Piccadilly Circus in London on 8 September 2022. The Buckingham Palace announced her death at 6.30pm local time with a notice posted outside the palace. “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon,” it read. (Ben Stansall – AFP / Lehtikuva)


PRESIDENT Sauli Niinistö says he is deeply saddened by the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

“In her 70-year reign, she witnessed and shaped history like few others. Her sense of duty and devotion to service are an example to us all. Deepest condolences to the royal family and the people of the UK,” he commented on Twitter.

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) similarly sent her heartfelt condolences to the royal family and the people of both Britain and the Commonwealth. “Our thoughts are with the family and loved ones of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II,” she tweeted.

Matti Vanhanen (Centre), the speaker of the Finnish Parliament, conveyed his deepest condolences to the people of the UK and the family of Queen Elizabeth II on behalf of the Parliament. Queen Elizabeth, he wrote, was known also among Finns as a head of state who “maintains dignity and continuity and unites her peoples”.

“During the longest reign in world history, the world changed enormously and she knew how to keep the monarchy alive in time. Her passing brings to silence not only her own people but people all over the world,” he tweeted via the official account of the Finnish Parliament.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT