Former US Secretary of State and former first lady, Hillary Clinton has compared US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the United Kingdom’s late Queen Elizabeth II claiming both ‘fought’ for what they believed in.
Her remarks came as the monarch’s casket was brought to Edinburgh for the first leg of her burial, as tens of thousands of Britons lined the streets in mourning.
‘I think Nancy Pelosi is the gutsiest woman in politics right now,’ Clinton said on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday, November 11.
‘She has shown, through all kinds of turmoil and challenge, what it means to – somewhat like the Queen to be drawing an analogy here – get up every day, put on those high heels she wears, suit up to fight for the values and ideals that she strongly believes in.’
The United Kingdom and millions across the world are in mourning after Queen Elizabeth’s 70-year reign ended on Thursday, September 8.
Buckingham Palace announced that day that she had died peacefully, surrounded by relatives, at the age of 96.
Clinton remembered the queen as an ‘engaging and lively conversationalist’ who she had met multiple times, both as Barack Obama’s Secretary of State and years earlier as First Lady of the United States.
‘One of my favorite memories is when Bill and I stayed with her and Prince Philip on the Britannia, what used to be the royal yacht, as we commemorated the 50th anniversary of D-Day. So we were in close quarters,’ she recalled.
‘The Queen Mother was there. It was just like being with a family that was having a good time together despite the solemnity of the occasion.’
She also complimented the queen’s longstanding ‘devotion to duty and her sense of obligation to the people of her nation,’ from when she first took the throne until meeting with the UK’s newest prime minister just two days before she died.
‘But I also saw a more playful and somewhat, you know, funny and very incredibly warm side of her as well,’ the Democrat added.