Flowers are seen outside Buckingham Palace in London, Sept 9, 2022.

HONG KONG – Hong Kong Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu expressed his profound sadness on Friday over the passing of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom.

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"On behalf of the people and the government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, it is with great sadness that I express our profound condolences on the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom," a government statement quoted Lee as saying. 

Lee said the queen, having reigned for 70 years, was the longest reigning monarch of the United Kingdom. "She was greatly respected, admired and praised by the British people."

The chief executive also offered sympathy on behalf of the HKSAR government and its people.

“We send our deepest condolences to the people of the United Kingdom during this time of national mourning and reflection,” he added.

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