‘I’m deeply saddened by the passing of our beloved Monarch’: Victoria Beckham, Sir Elton John, Mick Jagger and Dame Helen Mirren lead the stars saying a fond farewell to Queen Elizabeth II after she died ‘peacefully’ at Balmoral aged 96
- The death of Queen Elizabeth II is announced at the age of 96, ending the longest reign of any British monarch
- Celebrities joins Britain in mourning, and celebrating, devoted sovereign who ruled the country for 70 years
- Doctors became concerned about her health today – with her children and grandchildren racing to Balmoral
- Queen’s son Charles, the former Prince of Wales, becomes King
- Full coverage: Click here to see all our coverage of the Queen’s passing
Victoria Beckham, Sir Elton John and Mick Jagger led the celebrity tributes to Queen Elizabeth II after she died on September 8, aged 96.
The former Spice Girl, 48, revealed she is ‘deeply saddened’ by the news of her majesty after a 70-year reign, while music icon Elton, 75, said he will ‘miss her dearly’ in a touching social media post.
Victoria’s full tribute on Instagram read: ‘Today is a very sad day not just for our country but for the entire world. I’m deeply saddened by the passing of our beloved Monarch, Her Majesty The Queen.
Devastating: Victoria Beckham and Sir Elton John led the celebrity tributes as the nation bid a fond farewell to The Queen after she died on September 9, aged 96
The fashion designer continued: ‘She will be remembered for her steadfast loyalty and service and my thoughts are with the royal family at this incredibly sad time.’
Elton also took to social media to share his thoughts on the news: ‘Along with the rest of the nation, I am deeply saddened to hear the news of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s pssing. She was an inspiring presence to be around, and lead the country through some of our greatest, and darkest, moment with grace, decency and a genuine caring warmth.
‘Queen Elizabeth has been a huge part of my life from childhood to this day, and I will miss her dearly.’
Tribute: Music icon Elton, 75, said he will ‘miss her dearly’ after a historic 70-year reign
Mick Jagger shared poignant words which read: For my whole life Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II has always been there. In my childhood I can recall watching her wedding highlights on TV.
‘I remember her as a beautiful young lady, to the much beloved grandmother of the nation. My deepest sympathies are with the Royal family.
Helen Mirren took to Instagram to remember her majesty, whom she won an Oscar for portraying in the 2006 film The Queen. She wrote: ‘I am proud to be an Elizabethan. We mourn a woman, who, with or without the crown, was the epitome of nobility.’
Saying farewell: Celebrities flooded social media with tributes to Queen Elizabeth II after she passed away ‘peacefully’ at Balmoral
‘Amanda Holden also paid tribute to her majesty after hearing the sad news. She penned: ‘I think we all thought our Queen would live forever… Her grace ,good humour and indomitable spirit.. embodied everything that made Great Britain, Great. I just can’t imagine our country without her… My thoughts are with her family.’
Kris Jenner said: ‘Rest In Peace, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Graceful, dedicated, elegant, unforgettable. Today and always we will remember her as one of the greatest leaders our world has ever seen. I send my love and condolences to the Royal Family.’
Sylvester Stallone paid tribute by saying: ‘May this GREAT QUEEN ,rest in peace. The world willnever see the likes of her again…’
Tribute: Helen Mirren took to Instagram to remember her majesty, whom she won an Oscar for portraying in the 2006 film The Queen (Dame Helen pictured in the 2006 film)
James Bond star Daniel Craig has also shared a heartwarming tribute after his famous skit with Queen Elizabeth for the London 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony.
In a statement to the PA news agency, the 007 actor paid tribute to the former monarch, saying she would be ‘profoundly missed.’
‘I, like so many, was deeply saddened by the news today and my thoughts are with the royal family, those she loved and all those who loved her. She leaves an incomparable legacy and will be profoundly missed.’
Mel B, also known as scary spice, shared a special photo with her social media followers of her and the Spice Girls meeting Queen Elizabeth.
She penned: ‘Today is the saddest day. We have lost an incredible lady who all of us grew up with and had so much respect for. I was honoured to meet her, honoured that she awarded me my MBE as patron of Women’s Aid and honoured she was our Queen.’
Close: James Bond star Daniel Craig has also shared a heartwarming tribute after his famous skit with Queen Elizabeth for the London 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony
Memory: Mel B, also known as scary spice, shared a special photo with her social media followers of her and the Spice Girls meeting Queen Elizabeth
Her son Charles, the former Prince of Wales, is now King Charles III, as the world grieves his mother, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.
All Her Majesty’s children had rushed to Balmoral today after doctors became ‘concerned’ for her health. Hours later she died, surrounded by her family.
At 6.30pm her death was confirmed. A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: ‘The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow’.
Icon: Queen Elizabeth’s 70-year reign is unlikely to ever be surpassed by another king or queen of England
The Queen’s death will see Britain and her Commonwealth realms enter into a ten-day period of mourning as millions of her subjects in the UK and abroad come to terms with her passing.
And as her son accedes to the throne, there will also be a celebration of her historic 70-year reign that saw her reach her Platinum Jubilee this year – a landmark unlikely to be reached again by a British monarch.
Charles, the King, said: ‘The death of my beloved mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family.
King Charles III released this poignant statement reacting to the death of his ‘beloved mother’ as he took the throne today
Her Majesty the Queen – Britain’s longest-reigning monarch – has died peacefully at Balmoral aged 96. Her son Charles, is now king. He will remain at Balmoral tonight before returning to London with the Queen Consort, Camilla
‘We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished sovereign and a much-loved mother. I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.
‘During this period of mourning and change, my family and I will be comforted and sustained by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which the Queen was so widely held.’
Tributes are already pouring in for Her Majesty, to many the greatest Briton in history and undoubtedly the most famous woman on earth. To billions around the world she was the very face of Britishness.
To her subjects at home, Her Majesty was the nation’s anchor, holding firm no matter what storm she or her country was facing – from the uncertain aftermath of the Second World War to, more recently, the pandemic. She was also steadfast as she dealt with tragedies and scandals in her own family, most recently the fallout from Megxit and the death of her beloved husband Prince Philip.
Charles will embark on a tour of the UK before his mother’s funeral with his wife Camilla, who the Queen announced would be crowned her eldest son’s Queen Consort in an historic statement to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee and 70 years on the throne on February 6.
The Queen’s passing came more than a year after that of her beloved husband Philip, her ‘strength and guide’, who died aged 99 in April 2021. Since his funeral, where she poignantly sat alone because of lockdown restrictions, her own health faltered, and she was forced to miss an increasing number of events mainly due to ‘mobility problems’ and tiredness.
The Queen poses for a photograph in the drawing room at Balmoral shortly before her meeting with Ms Truss, whom she appointed as her Prime Minister
In July she travelled to Scotland for her annual summer break, but cancelled her traditional welcome to Balmoral Castle in favour of a small more private event because of her health, believed to be linked to her ability to stand. And at the end of July, Prince Charles represented his mother and opened the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham with the Duchess of Cornwall. In late August Queen missed the Braemar Gathering – the first time she was not at the Highland Games in her 70-year reign.
But she was well enough to meet with Boris Johnson at Balmoral to accept his resignation, before asking the 15th Prime Minister of her reign, Liz Truss, to form a Government. Her Majesty, who stood with the support of a stick and smiled as she greeted Ms Truss in front of a roaring fire, had not been seen in public for two months. It would be her final picture.
Today all her children and Prince William flew into Scotland from all over the UK to get to Her Majesty’s bedside before she died. Prince Harry did not travel to Scotland from Windsor with his family – and Meghan Markle stayed at Frogmore Cottage. But he did not make it to Balmoral in time and landed in Aberdeen, around 15 minutes after the death of his grandmother.
It began when Princess Elizabeth was formally proclaimed Queen on February 8, 1952. She was crowned in Westminster Abbey (pictured) on June 2, 1953 – by coincidence the same day a joyous nation learned a Commonwealth team had conquered Mount Everest
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