World leaders and celebrities send condolences to the Royal family

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Photo credit: WPA Pool - Getty Images

The Queen has passed away aged 96 and world leaders, politicians and celebrities have shared their condolences for the Royal Family.

On Thursday, September 8, Buckingham Palace announced that Queen Elizabeth II had died. The statement read: "The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow."

The statement followed an announcement earlier in the day, in which the institution informed the public that, following an evaluation, Her Majesty's doctors were "concerned" for her health and "recommended she remain under medical supervision".

Soon after news of the Queen's ill health was announced, the Queen's eldest son and successor, Prince Charles - now known by the title King Charles III - and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall - now the Queen Consort - arrived at Balmoral, with Prince William following soon after.

Within minutes of the announcement of her passing, mourners across the globe shared messages to pay tribute to the Queen, including several world leaders, politicians and celebrities who had a great fondness for the second-longest reigning monarch in world history.

US President Joe Biden shared a statement which read: "Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was more than a monarch. She defined an era.

"In a world of constant change, she was a steadying presence and a source of comfort and pride for generations of Britons, including many who have never known their country without her. An enduring admiration for Queen Elizabeth II united people across the Commonwealth. The seven decades of her history-making reign bore witness to an age of unprecedented human advancement and the forward march of human dignity."

Hours before her death, newly-appointed Prime Minister Liz Truss, who met with the Queen earlier in the week at Balmoral, took to Twitter to share that "the whole country will be deeply concerned by the news" of the Queen's poor health.

First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon also tweeted: "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. [sic]"

Leader of the Labour Party Keir Starmer shared on Twitter: "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."

The Queen took to the throne on February 6, 1952 and ruled the realm for 70 years and 214 days. Since the age of 25, she has been served by 15 Prime Ministers and endured great personal triumphs and sorrow.

Her Majesty, whose husband Prince Philip passed away in April 2021, was a mother to four children: Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.

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