‘A true friend to America’: North Carolina leaders mourn the passing of Queen Elizabeth II

Governor Roy Cooper ordered all U.S. and North Carolina flags at state facilities to half-staff Thursday in honor of Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away at the age of 96.

“Queen Elizabeth led with unparalleled dignity over seven decades of a rapidly changing world. North Carolina is proud of our close relationship with the people of Great Britain and we mourn the loss of an extraordinary leader,” said Cooper in a statement released by his office.

The longest-reigning British monarch met with 13 sitting U.S. presidents over the course of her life.

And news of her passing brought tributes and condolences from both sides of the political aisle.

Here’s a sampling from North Carolina elected officials:

Sen. Thom Tillis:

Congresswoman Deborah Ross (D-2nd):

Congressman Greg Murphy (R-3rd):

Congressman David Price (D-4th):

Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (R-5th):

Congressman David Rouzer (R-7th):

Congressman Dan Bishop (R-9th):

Congressman Patrick McHenry (R-10th):

Rep. Alma Adams (D-12th):

Congressman Ted Budd (R-13th):

Governor Roy Cooper:

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