It's not often that we get a note from Queen Elizabeth herself, but the monarch used her Instagram account for a special purpose today, as she wrote a personal message of condolence to the people of the United Arab Emirates following the passing of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who was the President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Abu Dhabi.

To begin the message, Her Royal Majesty said, “I am saddened to hear of the death of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Abu Dhabi. Your distinguished brother devoted his life to serving the people of the United Arab Emirates and his relationship with its allies and friends.” She added, “He will be long remembered by all who work for regional stability, understanding between nations and between faiths, and for the conservation cause.”

The queen then addressed the late president's wife, Sheikha Shamsa bint Suhail Al Mazrouei, as well as the people of the UAE, writing, “I offer Your Highness my sincere condolences and I extend my sympathy to the people of the United Arab Emirates.”

To end the letter, Queen Elizabeth signed it, “Elizabeth R,” which is what she typically writes to denote that the message was penned by her personally.

Back in 2013, the queen and her late husband, Prince Philip, hosted the Emirati President during his ceremonial visit to Windsor Castle. Photos from the moment showed the two world leaders chatting and smiling with one another. According to Emirates News Releases, the late Sheikh also sent a personal birthday message to Queen Elizabeth a few weeks back.

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What a kind gesture by the queen.

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