Russian leader Vladimir Putin has sent his condolences to the newly-appointed King Charles III following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
The dictator isn't known for his soft touch, but reached out to the new monarch in the form of an open letter via the official Kremlin website.
The Russian dictator said: "Your Majesty, Please accept our deepest condolences on the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.
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"The most important events in the recent history of the United Kingdom are inextricably linked with the name of Her Majesty. For many decades, Elizabeth II rightfully enjoyed the love and respect of her subjects, as well as authority on the world stage.
"I wish you courage and perseverance in the face of this heavy, irreparable loss. I ask you to convey the words of sincere sympathy and support to the members of the royal family and all the people of Great Britain.
"Sincerely, Vladimir Putin."
The well-wishes come after Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II sadly passed away this afternoon (September 8).
The 96-year-old monarch had been spending the summer at Balmoral Palace when Buckingham Palace issued an official statement earlier today, warning that doctors were concerned for her health.
Senior royals rushed to be with her in her final moments and her death was announced not long after initial fears over her health were shared.
Charles and Camilla were immediately recognised as King and Queen Consort following the death.
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An official statement by Buckingham Palace read: “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon.
"The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow."
Charles himself, the recipient of Putin's unlikely sympathies, has spoken about the death of his mother.
He said: "We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much-loved Mother.
"I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world."
Queen Elizabeth II was born in 1926 and came to the throne in 1952, reigning for 70 years – making her the longest-raining monarch in history.
Her Majesty is set to have a lying in state before her state funeral, allowing members of the public to pay their final respects – although the timings of these events have not yet been confirmed.
Putin is not one to speak kindly of the West often.
As the war in Ukraine rages on and sanctions remain in place, just two days ago a Kremlin spokesperson said they do not expect tense relations between the UK and Russia to improve under Liz Truss' new government.
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