While Britain's Prince Charles recently made headlines for reportedly comparing Russian President Vladimir Putin to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, his mother Queen Elizabeth II on Wednesday struck a more conciliatory note.
During her annual speech to mark the formal opening of the British parliamentary year, the Queen said Britain would do what it could to encourage a peaceful solution to the Ukraine crisis.
"The United Kingdom will work for peace and security on Europe's borders, and for stable relations between Russia and Ukraine based on respect for national sovereignty, territorial integrity and international law," she said.
Though the Opening Speech is traditionally read out by the Queen in the House of Lords, the text is written by the government and is a reflection of its policies.
Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron is set to meet Putin on the sidelines of a World War II memorial event on Friday in Normandy, France, where he will reportedly push for a de-escalation of the Ukraine crisis.
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