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A message of condolence from Her Majesty The Queen on the passing of Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Published 26 December 2021

I remember with fondness my meetings with him and his great warmth and humour.

Her Majesty The Queen

“I am joined by the whole Royal Family in being deeply saddened by the news of the death of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a man who tirelessly championed human rights in South Africa and across the world.

"I remember with fondness my meetings with him and his great warmth and humour.

"Archbishop Tutu’s loss will be felt by the people of South Africa, and by so many people in Great Britain, Northern Ireland and across the Commonwealth, where he was held in such high affection and esteem.”

ELIZABETH R

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