She published a poignant tribute to the former politician on the occasion of the national day of mourning for Mr. Giscard d’Estaing, who died of the coronavirus on December 2. The 94-year-old monarch has met the former French leader on several occasions, notably at Checkers in 1977..
It read: “Prince Philip and I were saddened to learn of the death of President Valery Giscard d’Estaing.
“His death is a great loss for France.
“I would like to convey my condolences to his family and my deepest sympathy to the French people. ”
Mr. Giscard d’Estaing, who was 94 at the time of his death, ruled France from 1974 to 1981.
He presided over the modernization of French society and played a decisive role on the European scene.
He laid the foundations for the euro as a single currency after forging close relations with West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl.
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Mr Macron declared a national day of mourning on Wednesday out of respect for the former leader.
The President declared: “The direction he gave to France still guides us today. ”
Prince Charles, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and The Earl and Countess of Wessex were among those who happened to welcome Her Majesty to Windsor Castle.
Princess Anne also attended the socially distant gathering in Berkshire.
Kate was filmed curtsying to the monarch as William could be heard saying “Bye, Gran” as the couple left.
The Queen chose a holiday-themed ensemble for the reunion, pairing a red hat with a matching coat and a red and white scarf.