Boris Johnson paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II in a parliamentary speech and referred to her as “Elizabeth the Great”.

Boris Johnson (57) paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II (96) in a speech in the British Parliament. According to the Daily Mail, the prime minister said: “Today we pay tribute to a head of state whose tenure and dedication are simply unparalleled.” For him she is already “Elizabeth The Great” (in German: “Elizabeth the Great”). No monarch “better deserves the attribute of greatness through her efforts, dedication and achievement,” Johnson said.

“In our history no monarch has served this country as long as they have, with their first platinum jubilee ever, but more importantly, none of them have ever served him as well.” In her 25,677 days as Queen, the Queen has undertaken more than 21,000 official engagements in over 100 countries, approved some 4,000 laws, hosted 112 state visits and seen 14 British Prime Ministers – “so far,” Johnson summarized. But it doesn’t matter so much “what she did, but the way she did it”. First and foremost “to get the best out of people and to inspire them,” said the prime minister. His audiences with the Queen are “always immensely reassuring”.

Queen Elizabeth II ascended after the death of her father King George VI. took the throne on February 6, 1952. The main multi-day celebrations for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee begin on June 2 with the Trooping the Color parade.