Tributes have started pouring in for Queen Elizabeth II, who has died aged 96.
The Queen of the United Kingdom, who succeeded to the throne in 1952 aged 25, passed away today (September 8).
In a statement, Buckingham Palace 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.”
Her son, now King Charles III, said in a statement: “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.”
A statement from His Majesty The King: pic.twitter.com/AnBiyZCher
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) September 8, 2022
Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her Platinum Jubilee this June, and in turn became the second longest-serving monarch in history – second to Louis XIV of France who became king at four years old. She was 27 at the time of her official coronation.
Overall, the Queen swore in 15 UK Prime Ministers during her 70 years on the throne including the newly-appointed PM Liz Truss.
In his tribute, Elton John wrote: “Along with the rest of the nation, I am deeply saddened to hear the news of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s passing. She was an inspiring presence to be around and led the country through some of our greatest and darkest moments 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.”
Mick Jagger said: “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.”
See more tributes below.
— Elton John (@eltonofficial) September 8, 2022
God bless Queen Elizabeth II
May she rest in peace
Long live The King
Paul McCartney pic.twitter.com/fK9wXqkAsa
— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) September 8, 2022
Oh dear. Oh my. Oh heavens. Bless my soul. Oh lor. Heck.
— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) September 8, 2022
— Stevie Nicks (@StevieNicks) 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
God bless Queen Elizabeth peace and love to all the family peace and love Ringo. 😎✌️🌟❤️🌈☮️ pic.twitter.com/B8Tomh9HoD
— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) September 8, 2022
— The Beatles (@thebeatles) September 8, 2022
My thoughts and prayers are with the Royal Family and all the people Her Majesty inspired throughout her lifetime of service. pic.twitter.com/r5pjncyCu8
— Bill Clinton (@BillClinton) September 8, 2022
What a privilege it was to perform for her.
My deepest sympathies to the Royal Family.
God save the King.
— Sir Rod Stewart (@rodstewart) September 8, 2022
“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
We would like to send out deepest sympathy to the Royal family following the passing of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II; a strong and powerful woman whose seventy year reign was served with integrity, dignity, grace and compassion. With love, Yoko and Sean Ono Lennon. pic.twitter.com/sNxcwwDlkm
— Yoko Ono ☮️🏳️ (@yokoono) September 8, 2022
— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) September 8, 2022
I mourn with my country the passing of our greatest Queen. With a heavy heart I say it is devastating the thought of England without Queen Elizabeth II pic.twitter.com/JZYXGRz2hb
— Ozzy Osbourne (@OzzyOsbourne) September 8, 2022
Rest In Peace Queen Elizabeth ll. The embodiment of strength, dignity and unwavering commitment to her vow. May you be at peace beside His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburg. Long Live The King. pic.twitter.com/SbnhCl4tsm
— Sharon Osbourne (@MrsSOsbourne) September 8, 2022
I had a quiet weep for the Queen, I am sad for my country and what it has lost.
Sting CBE. pic.twitter.com/mN19yt1lfE
— Sting (@OfficialSting) September 8, 2022
— Andrew Lloyd Webber (@OfficialALW) September 8, 2022
The Queen was the longest-serving Monarch in British history and did so with grace.
Rest In Peace HRH Queen Elizabeth II 🙏🏾🌹 pic.twitter.com/8swzU32Ant
— MOBO (@MOBOAwards) 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
“God save the queen, cus' she's the head of state
I went bangin' on my adversaries with an empty plate” 🇬🇧 Rest in Peace Queen Elizabeth pic.twitter.com/myhBzG1enB
— Bugzy Malone (@TheBugzyMalone) September 8, 2022
RIP, QUEEN https://t.co/aOv8ButbUT
— Nicki Minaj (@NICKIMINAJ) 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
Rest in Peace Queen Elizabeth II pic.twitter.com/QDcK4dYI8X
— Reese Witherspoon (@ReeseW) September 8, 2022
Today is a very sad day for the entire world. I’m deeply saddened by the passing of our beloved Monarch, Her Majesty The Queen. She will be remembered for her steadfast loyalty and service and my thoughts are with the royal family at this time. pic.twitter.com/ObZSKqNaNy
— Victoria Beckham (@victoriabeckham) September 8, 2022
It never made any sense having a queen and yet she, Elizabeth, somehow rose above all the debate around privilege or political controversy in a life stoically devoted to public service and duty. Eight decades of public life. A woman of importance.
— Jason Isaacs (@jasonsfolly) September 8, 2022
— All On The Board (@allontheboard) September 8, 2022
— Davina McCall (@ThisisDavina) September 8, 2022
Her Majesty The Queen was an outstanding example of dedication to duty and commitment to her role as monarch. I have great lasting memories of meeting her over the decades. She was a woman of faith so I’m sure she was prepared. May she rest in peace #HerMajesty pic.twitter.com/4l2FE1FAj7
— Floella Benjamin (@FloellaBenjamin) September 8, 2022
I actually can’t believe this, RIP Lizzy. 😭
— BIG BANKS (@MsBanks) September 8, 2022
What a sad, sad day.
— Richard Osman (@richardosman) September 8, 2022
Thank you Ma’am, for everything.
— Paddington (@paddingtonbear) September 8, 2022
My thoughts and sympathies go to the Royal Family on the loss of their Mother, Grandmother, Aunt. Thank you to Her Majesty for her resolute never-ending service. She is, and always will be the epitome of dignity and elegance. 🤍
— Geri Horner (@GeriHalliwell) September 8, 2022
Speaking to PA, former James Bond actor Daniel Craig said: “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.”