Queen Elizabeth sends condolences to Aquino family and entire Filipino nation

August 6, 2009 9:21 am 

MANILA, Aug. 6 — Former President Corazon C. Aquino has been laid to rest at the family plot in a privately-run memorial garden, but condolences continue to come from the highest places around the world, this time from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom, who is also the Head of State.

Signing her letter as “Elizabeth R,” the Queen said she was saddened to hear of the death of Corazon 'Cory' Aquino, the former President of the Republic of the Philippines. "I send my sincere condolences to her family and to the people of the Philippines.”

Her letter, dated August 4, was transmitted to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo through the outgoing UK ambassador to Manila, Peter Beckingham.

A State Funeral was due the former President, but the Aquino family politely turned it down in favor of a more familial and intimate necrological services designed by friends and relatives.

However, Mrs. Aquino, who was also commander-in-chief, was given full military honors with the highest officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) serving as her pallbearers and guarded round-the-clock by combined elements of the AFP and police while she was laid-in-state, first at De la Salle Greenhills gymnasium in suburban San Juan City and later at the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros.

She was also sent off to her final resting place with a 21-gun salute from the Presidential Security Guards at Malacanang. (PNA) scs/GJB

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