What are the reactions to Queen Elizabeth's worsening health?

Thoughts and prayers were sent toward Queen Elizabeth and her family from across the British political landscape.

Queen Elizabeth II clad in purple.  (photo credit: AFP POOL/GETTY IMAGES)
Queen Elizabeth II clad in purple.
(photo credit: AFP POOL/GETTY IMAGES)

Family members rushed to be by the side of Queen Elizabeth on Thursday after doctors said they were concerned about the health of Britain's 96-year-old monarch, saying she should remain under medical supervision.

Here is some reaction to the news:

British Prime Minister Liz Truss

"The whole country will be deeply concerned by the news from Buckingham Palace this lunchtime. My thoughts - and the thoughts of people across our United Kingdom - are with Her Majesty The Queen and her family at this time."

Opposition Labour Leader Keir Starmer

Britain's Queen Elizabeth poses after awarding Captain Tom Moore with the insignia of Knight Bachelor at Windsor Castle, in Windsor, Britain July 17, 2020. (credit: REUTERS/CHRIS JACKSON)Britain's Queen Elizabeth poses after awarding Captain Tom Moore with the insignia of Knight Bachelor at Windsor Castle, in Windsor, Britain July 17, 2020. (credit: REUTERS/CHRIS JACKSON)

"Along with the rest of the country, I am deeply worried by the news from Buckingham Palace this afternoon. My thoughts are with Her Majesty The Queen and her family at this time, and I join everyone across the United Kingdom in hoping for her recovery."

First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon

"All of us are feeling profoundly concerned at reports of Her Majesty’s health. My thoughts and wishes are with the Queen and all of the Royal Family at this time."

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby

"My prayers, and the prayers of people across the @churchofengland and the nation, are with Her Majesty The Queen today. May God’s presence strengthen and comfort Her Majesty, her family, and those who are caring for her at Balmoral."

Speaker of Parliament Lindsay Hoyle

"I know I speak on behalf of the entire House when I say we send all the best wishes to her Majesty the Queen."

US Ambassador to the UK Jane Hartley

“I join the people of the United Kingdom, the United States, and across the world in sending our thoughts and prayers to Her Majesty The Queen and her family.”

Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland

"Like everyone, I am deeply concerned to hear the statement from Buckingham Palace today. On behalf of every nation and citizen of the Commonwealth family, I send my best wishes to Her Majesty and the Royal Family. She will remain in my prayers."

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair, VIA his institute

"It is deeply concerning to hear today's news from Buckingham Palace. My thoughts and prayers are with Her Majesty The Queen and her family at this worrying time."

Former Prime Minister David Cameron

"Deeply concerned by the news this afternoon from Buckingham Palace. I send my heartfelt thoughts and prayers to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family at this worrying time."

Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau

"My thoughts, and the thoughts of Canadians across the country, are with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at this time. We’re wishing her well, and sending our best to the Royal Family."

First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford

"Concerned to hear the news from Buckingham Palace. I send my best wishes to Her Majesty and her family on behalf of the people of Wales."

Leader of Opposition Liberal Democrats Ed Davey

"The whole nation’s thoughts and prayers are with Her Majesty The Queen and her family as we all hope and pray for her full recovery."

President of Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, Cardinal Vincent Nichols

"I am concerned to hear the news about the Her Majesty The Queen's health. I offer my prayers for her and her family. May the blessings of the Lord strengthen and comfort her and her family."

Australia's Governor-General David Hurley

"Following news from Buckingham Palace, and on behalf of all Australians, the Governor-General and Mrs. Hurley’s thoughts and prayers are with Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal family at this time."

US Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell

"The queen is an exemplar of steady leadership and a beloved figure around the world. She has been a historic friend of the United States. The decades of her reign have seen a profound deepening of the special relationship between our two countries that has literally changed the world. The queen, the royal family, and all our friends in the United Kingdom have our thoughts and our prayers."

UN Spokesman Stephane Dujarric

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres' "thoughts are with the Queen, her family and the people of the United Kingdom at this time."

EU Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen

"My thoughts and prayers are with her. She represents the whole history of the Europe that is our common home with our British friends, she has always given us stability and confidence, she has shown an immense amount of courage, and is a legend in my eyes."

White House Spokesperson John Kirby after President Joe Biden briefed on situation

"His and the first lady's thoughts are solidly and squarely with the queen today and her family."

Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo

"My thoughts and the thoughts of all Ghanaians, at home and abroad, are with Queen Elizabeth II, the British Monarch and Head of the Commonwealth, the organization of which Ghana is a proud member, and her family in these difficult moments. I wish her the best and God’s blessings."