Mattarella, Queen Elizabeth inspired generations of citizens

 ROME – Italian President Sergio Mattarella has paid his respects to Queen Elizabeth II in a Book of Condolences opened by the British Ambassador in Rome, Edward Llewellyn.

 Mattarella signed the book at the Ambassador’s residence Friday evening overseen by the monarch in a recent portrait as well as under the gaze of a young Elizabeth, as depicted in the official copy of the painting by renowned Italian artist Pietro Annigoni.

 "Queen Elizabeth II has inspired with wisdom and example, entire generations of citizens of the world,” Mattarella wrote. “The Italian Republic is grateful to her for the friendship shown during the years of her reign. Italians mourn the beloved sovereign of a friendly and allied country."

 The British embassy has opened a book of condolences to the public, which can be signed at the gates of the building, located at Via XX Settembre in Rome, until Sept. 18.

 An official condolence book has also been launched online (click here) allowing mourners all over the world to offer their condolences to the Royal Family.