The longtime Democratic senator from Massachusetts will be mourned on 'every continent,' said British Prime Minister Gordon Brown on Wednesday.
“He was a true pioneer of progressive politics … it won him friends not just in America but worldwide,” former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said of the longtime Democratic senator of Massachusetts, known fondly – on both sides of the aisle – as the "Lion of the Senate."
Today's tributes to Senator Kennedy bear that out.
Some praised the overall impact of his public service.
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said Kennedy “made an extraordinary contribution to American politics, an extraordinary contribution to America’s role in the world.”
Others honed in on his dogged determination to fight for what he held dear, or as German Chancellor Angela Merkel puts it, his "steadfastness."
Ms. Merkel expressed “deep sorrow” at his death. “Edward Kennedy was for decades one of the outstanding personalities of American politics,” she said. “His advocacy of justice and peace was marked by conviction and steadfastness.”
As in the US, Kennedy is remembered with great respect, even by many conservatives in Britain who disagreed with his politics.