Former Secretary of State and twice-failed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton made headlines on Sunday when she crowned fellow Democratic Party leader Nancy Pelosi as queen of the Americas when discussing the legacy of the late Queen Elizabeth II.
“I think Nancy Pelosi is the gutsiest woman in politics right now,” Clinton told CNN on State of the Union.
She compared Pelosi’s political career to the late Queen, who passed away at the age of 96 last week.
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Pelosi “has shown, through all kinds of turmoil and challenge, what it means to – somewhat like the Queen to be drawing an analogy here – get up every day, put on those high heels she wears, suit up to fight for the values and ideals that she strongly believes in,” she said.
Clinton also praised Vice President Kamala Harris for her leadership of the Democratic Party… while also being sure to compliment herself.
“And of course, Vice President Kamala Harris is someone who is breaking totally new ground — and I know that’s not easy, having done a little of that myself,” she said.
“She’s doing it with, ya know, good humor and a smile on her face despite the challenges that come with the role,” she said. “So those are two that immediately come to mind.”
Clinton talked about her memories with the late queen when her husband, Bill, was president.
“One of my favorite memories is when Bill and I stayed with her and Prince Philip on the Britannia, what used to be the royal yacht, as we commemorated the 50th anniversary of D-Day. So we were in close quarters,” she said.
“The Queen Mother was there,” Clinton said. “It was just like being with a family that was having a good time together despite the solemnity of the occasion.”
In Scotland, King Charles arrived in Edinburgh on Monday to accompany his late mother’s coffin on an emotion-charged procession through the historic heart of the Scottish capital to a cathedral where it will lie for 24 hours to allow the public to pay their last respects.
Earlier, in London, Charles received condolences at Parliament and told lawmakers he would follow his late mother’s example of “selfless duty.”
Elizabeth II’s grandson, Prince Harry, hailed her as a “guiding compass” and praised her “unwavering grace and dignity.”
The national outpouring of grief continued Sunday as thousands of people lined streets and roadsides as the oak coffin was borne from the late queen’s beloved Balmoral Castle summer retreat, where she died on Thursday, to Edinburgh.
In Edinburgh, the king will walk behind his mother’s coffin as it is slowly transported from Holyroodhouse to St. Giles’ Cathedral, where the crown of Scotland will be placed on the coffin ahead of a service of prayer and reflection on the life and 70-year reign of the widely cherished monarch.
The queen’s coffin will lie at the cathedral for 24 hours, giving members of the public a chance to file past and pay their respects. On Tuesday, it will be flown to London where the coffin will lie in state at the Houses of Parliament Palace from Wednesday afternoon until the morning of the funeral on Sept. 19.
Authorities already have issued rules and guidelines for people wanting to pay their respects in London, with a long queue expected.
After visiting Scotland, Charles embarks on a tour of the other nations that make up the United Kingdom — he visits the Northern Ireland capital, Belfast, on Tuesday and Wales on Friday.
Harry’s statement ended on a poignant note alluding to the death last year of his grandfather, Prince Philip, saying that “We, too, smile knowing that you and grandpa are reunited now, and both together in peace.”
The Horn editorial team and the Associated Press contributed to this article