he Queen has expressed her deepest sympathy to the folks of France on the nationwide day of mourning for former French president Valery Giscard d’Estaing.
Her message to President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday learn: “Prince Philip and I have been saddened to study of the dying of President Valery Giscard d’Estaing.
“His passing is a superb loss to France.
“I want to convey my condolences to his household and my deepest sympathy to the folks of France.”
Born in 1926, he served as president between 1974 and 1981, with the legalisation of abortion and divorce by mutual consent amongst his most important achievements in workplace.
Strongly pro-Europe, he deeply lamented Brexit.
He induced a literary storm in 2009 by writing a novel detailing a fictional romance between a thinly disguised Diana, Princess of Wales, and himself.
Mr Giscard d’Estaing met Diana on a variety of events.
He additionally met the Queen a number of occasions, together with in London in 1976, and at Chequers in 1977.
As a Salvation Military band performed festive tunes for the Queen and her household gathered round her, the top of state may very well be seen quietly singing alongside.
The monarch’s look was the primary time she has been seen in public with senior members of the royal household en masse since earlier than the coronavirus pandemic.
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall stood socially distanced close by, as did William and Kate, the Earl and Countess of Wessex and the Princess Royal with Christmas bushes lit with lights close by, including to the environment.