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.
The death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth is a profoundly sad moment for the UK, the Commonwealth and the world.
Her life was one of extraordinary dedication and service.
On behalf of the people of Scotland, I convey my deepest condolences to The King and the Royal Family. https://t.co/o2XqGJMF2S
— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) September 8, 2022
Statement on the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II (3/3) pic.twitter.com/yHPiUfBWlH
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) 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
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
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II served our nation for 70 years with unrivalled grace, dignity and purpose.
My statement as I join the nation in mourning her loss: pic.twitter.com/fSLDN9Qt8F
— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) September 8, 2022
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. pic.twitter.com/3JLILZDKwK
— Mick Jagger (@MickJagger) September 8, 2022
The British Olympic Association is incredibly saddened to hear of the passing of Her Majesty The Queen in her Jubilee year.
The thoughts of the entire British Olympic community are with our President HRH The Princess Royal, the Royal Family and the nation at this sad time. pic.twitter.com/1flhiymjw8
— Team GB (@TeamGB) September 8, 2022
Rest in Peace Queen Elizabeth II pic.twitter.com/QDcK4dYI8X
— Reese Witherspoon (@ReeseW) September 8, 2022
It is with profound sadness that we received the news that Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II has passed away.
Her Majesty the Queen will be forever linked with some of our most memorable moments – including presenting the Jules Rimet Trophy to our 1966 @FIFAWorldCup-winning side. pic.twitter.com/hwK1zV7Kge
— England (@England) 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
We are deeply saddened by the death of Her Majesty The Queen.
We join the Royal Family in mourning her loss. pic.twitter.com/xKHTDhGY3i
— Burberry (@Burberry) September 8, 2022
I had memorable meetings with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II during my UK visits in 2015 and 2018. I will never forget her warmth and kindness. During one of the meetings she showed me the handkerchief Mahatma Gandhi gifted her on her wedding. I will always cherish that gesture. pic.twitter.com/3aACbxhLgC
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 8, 2022
It is with great sadness that we mourn today the passing of Her Majesty The Queen. On behalf of the Stella McCartney team, I would like to express my sincerest condolences to the Royal Family. – Stella pic.twitter.com/rFSw0PYBNH
— Stella McCartney (@StellaMcCartney) 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
Thank you Ma’am, for everything.
— Paddington (@paddingtonbear) September 8, 2022
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair said the nation had lost “not just our monarch but the matriarch of our nation, the figure who more than any other brought our country together, kept us in touch with our better nature, personified everything which makes us proud to be British.” pic.twitter.com/Br1cOv81xG
— PA Media (@PA) September 8, 2022
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 whole country will be deeply concerned by the news from Buckingham Palace this lunchtime.
My thoughts - and the thoughts of people across our United Kingdom - are with Her Majesty The Queen and her family at this time.
— Liz Truss (@trussliz) September 8, 2022
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
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
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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