The queen was also the head of British Overseas Territories, Crown Dependencies and other realms as well as the Head of the Commonwealth, he added.
The Premier said at 96 and having just celebrated her platinum jubilee, the Queen was the longest serving Head of State; her reign spanning generations. He added Queen Elizabeth II was an iconic figure and an inspiration to millions, especially women, as her tenure, noble service and achievements defied and shattered the glass ceiling that was so prominent only a few decades ago.
"Virgin Islanders and residents who are old enough will remember Her Majesty’s two visits to the Virgin Islands. First, in 1966, Her Majesty was accompanied by her husband, His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Then again in 1977 when my grandfather, Chief Minister Dr the Honourable Willard Wheatley, had the honour of hosting her here in the Territory," he added.
The Premier added that the people of the Virgin Islands welcomed The Queen's visits to these shores and the opportunity to interact with her. Historians recall, in both visits, Her Majesty’s cool composure, confidence and charm as she mingled with residents at handicraft and agricultural exhibitions, the hospital, schools, the opening of the bridge named in her honour, and other places she visited.
According to Premier Wheatley, The Queen made a lasting connection which has endured until today.
"Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II leaves with us a legacy that reflects an unconquerable spirit, a monarch who was driven by her confidence in herself and her abilities. She will be remembered here in these Virgin Islands and around the world for her noble service to humankind," he added.
Queen Elizabeth II, the UK's longest-serving monarch, died at Balmoral Castle aged 96, after reigning for 70 years, the BBC first reported. Her family gathered at her Scottish estate after concerns grew about her health earlier on Thursday, September 8, 2022.