Russian President Vladimir Putin became one of the first world leaders to congratulate King Charles III, after he was declared Britain’s new king on Saturday.
“Please accept my sincere congratulations on your enthronement,” read a statement posted by the Russian Embassy in London said on Twitter.
“I wish Your Majesty success, good health and all the best,” it added.
Prince Charles was officially crowned King of England in a ceremony on Saturday morning.
Although Charles became king shortly after the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, on Thursday, a meeting of the British Accession Council officially approved him as the country’s next monarch on Saturday morning.
The historic ceremony was televised for the first time.
Despite tensions over the Ukraine war and low UK/Russian relations, Putin also wrote to the new king announcing the queen’s death, expressing “sincere sympathy” for the country. him after she passed away.
He wrote: “The most important events in the recent history of Great Britain are inextricably linked with the Queen’s name. For decades, Elizabeth II enjoyed the love and respect of her subjects and authority on the world stage.
“I wish you courage and perseverance in the face of this heavy and irreparable loss. I ask that you convey your heartfelt sympathies and support to members of the royal family and the people of the UK as a whole.”
For good measure, the Kremlin also announced that the queen’s “wisdom and authority” would be internationally ignored.
The Russian people have “great respect” for Queen Elizabeth II, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Friday, pointing to her “wise and authoritative” qualities.
He added: “Such qualities are in short supply in the international arena at the moment.