Following the sad news that Queen Elizabeth II has died at the age of 96, celebrities and politicians have been taking to social media to pay tribute.
Three months after celebrating her Platinum Jubilee in June this year, marking the 70th anniversary of her accession to the throne, Her Majesty has passed away. Mourners across the country and worldwide have been sharing their condolences for the Royal family online.
Sir David Attenborough paid his respects to Queen Elizabeth II in an interview with ITV News on Friday morning [9 September], saying, "If there was something funny she laughed in a genuine way... she wasn’t putting it on and that made it very easy.”
He continued: “She was an expert at getting people to relax. When you met her you were well aware that you were in the presence of someone who was extremely important to our society and yet she made it seem that you were meeting another human being with exactly the same conditions that all human beings have.”
Sir David also said his personal bond with the Queen was “a great privilege” and something he was “delighted” to have in his life.
As Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby wrote, "With profound sadness, I join the nation, the Commonwealth and the world in mourning the death of Her Late Majesty The Queen."
“Thank You” to Her Majesty, The Queen. She devoted her life to her country and to the service of others. I am happy I was able to say thank you to Her Majesty at this year’s Platinum Jubilee.
With love and condolences to all of her family, we all celebrate her life. pic.twitter.com/K4r0mH0Kml
— Ms. Ross (@DianaRoss) September 8, 2022
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Statement on the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II (3/3) pic.twitter.com/yHPiUfBWlH
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) September 8, 2022
David Beckham added, "I’m truly saddened by the death of Her Majesty, The Queen. What an outpouring of love and respect we saw for the Platinum Jubilee for her life of service. How devastated we all feel today shows what she has meant to people in this country and around the world. How much she inspired us with her leadership.
"How she comforted us when times were tough. Until her last days she served her country with dignity and grace. This year she would have known how loved she was. My thoughts and prayers are with our Royal Family…"
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. pic.twitter.com/oKvZVCI04F
— Kris Jenner (@KrisJenner) September 8, 2022
Like so many of you, Michelle and I are grateful to have witnessed Her Majesty’s dedicated leadership, and we are awed by her legacy of tireless, dignified public service. Our thoughts are with her family and the people of the United Kingdom at this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/sbID222iSQ
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) September 8, 2022
I feel honored to have met HM Queen Elizabeth, and I am very sad to hear of her passing. My deepest condolences to the Royal Family and the British people. https://t.co/fPbpAt5ILv
— Bill Gates (@BillGates) September 8, 2022
Mo Farah wrote, "My condolences to the Royal Family at this very sad time. The Queen was loved all over the world and meant so much to so many. Meeting her was one of the greatest honours of my life. We will remember her for her warmth and dedication to the British people throughout her reign."
All of us are feeling profoundly concerned at reports of Her Majesty’s health.
My thoughts and wishes are with the Queen and all of the Royal Family at this time.
— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) September 8, 2022
As we look back at her life and her reign that spanned so many decades, Canadians will always remember and cherish Her Majesty’s wisdom, compassion, and warmth. Our thoughts are with the members of the Royal Family during this most difficult time.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) September 8, 2022
It is with deep sadness that we learned of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. On behalf of the 🇺🇦 people, we extend sincere condolences to the @RoyalFamily, the entire United Kingdom and the Commonwealth over this irreparable loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
— Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) September 8, 2022
My condolences to the Royal Family at this very sad time. The Queen was loved all over the world and meant so much to so many. Meeting her was one of the greatest honours of my life. We will remember her for her warmth and dedication to the British people throughout her reign. pic.twitter.com/TybbYku1Vl
— Sir Mo Farah (@Mo_Farah) September 8, 2022
— Archbishop of Canterbury (@JustinWelby) September 8, 2022
The Queen was an extraordinary woman, and this nation has been very lucky. I'm just old enough to remember the Coronation; she's been there all my life, and I shall miss her.
— Philip Pullman (@PhilipPullman) September 8, 2022
Rest in peace your majesty. She meant so much to so many people. What an incredible life.
— Jack Whitehall (@jackwhitehall) September 8, 2022
After a lifetime of service, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II now rests.
A lifetime of devotion and extraordinary service which will forever be remembered.
May she rest in peace.
— Sajid Javid (@sajidjavid) September 8, 2022
No one more likely to be so loved, admired and respected than Her Majesty The Queen and although she cannot be immortal, I think we have always hoped she might be ♥️ https://t.co/OKWUGQlfMX
— Susanna Reid (@susannareid100) September 8, 2022
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II embodied the British nation’s continuity and unity for over 70 years. I remember her as a friend of France, a kind-hearted queen who has left a lasting impression on her country and her century.
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) September 8, 2022
"So saddened by the loss of our Queen. Above all she was a mother, grandmother and great grand mother. My deepest condolences go out to the family x" said singer Leona Lewis.
— Myleene Klass (@KlassMyleene) September 8, 2022
So saddened by the loss of our Queen. Above all she was a mother, grandmother and great grand mother. My deepest condolences go out to the family x
— Leona Lewis (@leonalewis) September 8, 2022
Such a terribly sad day. Her Majesty The Queen has died. A truly remarkable woman who served her country with dignity, loyalty and grace. A comforting ever present in the lives of most of us. Rest In Peace, Your Majesty.
— Gary Lineker 💙💛 (@GaryLineker) September 8, 2022
God rest her soul x
— R Y L A N (@Rylan) September 8, 2022
Thank you Ma’am, for everything.
— Paddington (@paddingtonbear) September 8, 2022
Rest in peace and thank you for your service. pic.twitter.com/amOwVplkwo
— TheVivienne (@THEVIVIENNEUK) September 8, 2022
— Amir Khan (@amirkingkhan) September 8, 2022
Along with the rest of the country, I am deeply worried by the news from Buckingham Palace this afternoon.
My thoughts are with Her Majesty The Queen and her family at this time, and I join everyone across the United Kingdom in hoping for her recovery.
— Keir Starmer (@Keir_Starmer) September 8, 2022
Details about The Queen’s state funeral will be announced in due course, with the ceremony expected to take place at Westminster Abbey. Her Majesty will be laid to rest alongside husband of 73 years, Prince Philip, who died aged 99 in April.
The Queen leaves behind four children: Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, as well as eight grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. Following Her Majesty's passing, Charles has now become King, and goes by the regal title King Charles III. Details around the timing of his coronation have not been confirmed.
Our thoughts are with Queen Elizabeth II's family at this time.
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