Queen Elizabeth and Prince William mourn former Japanese PM Shinzo Abe following assassination

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Queen Elizabeth II with former Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe.
Queen Elizabeth II with former Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe.
Photo: John Stillwell/Getty Images
  • The British royal family shared their condolences after former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was shot and killed.
  • Queen Elizabeth said she had "fond memories" of meeting Abe and his wife during their 2016 visit to the UK.
  • Abe had been delivering a stump speech near a train station in the western city of Nara when he was assassinated.


The British royal family have shared their condolences after former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was shot and killed during a campaign speech on Friday.

"My family and I were deeply saddened to hear the news of the sudden and tragic death of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe," Queen Elizabeth said in the statement released by her office at Buckingham Palace. "I have fond memories of meeting Mr Abe and his wife during their visit to the United Kingdom in 2016. His love for Japan, and his desire to forge ever-closer bonds with the United Kingdom, were clear."

The monarch added, "I wish to convey my deepest sympathy and condolences to his family and to the people of Japan at this difficult time."

Prince William also shared a personal tweet remembering Abe as a "true statesman and committed leader." 

"I'm deeply saddened to learn of the death of Japan's former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe," he said. The note was signed with his first initial, indicating the personal nature of the message.

Per People, Prince Charles was the most recent member of the royal family to meet with Abe when the Prince of Wales attended festivities surrounding the enthronement ceremony of Emperor Naruhito in 2019.

Abe had been delivering a stump speech near a train station in the western city of Nara when an assailant shot him. He was 67.


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