Queen issues heartbreaking statement over Desmond Tutu's death: 'Deeply saddened'

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The Queen reacted to the death of Archbishop Tutu by issuing a poignant statement on behalf of the whole Royal Family. It read: “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.”

In her statement, she recalled meeting the Archbishop, who contributed to bringing to an end the apartheid in South Africa, on multiple occasions.

She said: “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.”

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