Tributes to her Majesty from her family began pouring in within hours of the news that she had passed away on September 8 aged 96.
King Charles, her eldest son, was among the first to express his feelings about his mother’s life and her death, but this was soon followed by the rest of the Queen’s children, as well as her grandchildren and other relatives.
Here, we round up everything that the Royal Family has said so far.
King Charles III
Charles’ words came on September 8, soon after Buckingham Palace confirmed the nation’s longest-reigning monarch, who served as head of state for more than 70 years, died ‘peacefully’ on Thursday afternoon.
The newly-appointed King said in a written 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.
‘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.’
Prince William Prince Of Wales
Prince William – who has become Prince of Wales following the Queen’s death – described his grandmother as an ‘extraordinary leader’
‘On Thursday, the world lost an extraordinary leader, whose commitment to the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth was absolute,’ he said. ‘So much will be said in the days ahead about the meaning of her historic reign. I, however, have lost a grandmother.
‘And while I will grieve her loss, I also feel incredibly grateful. I have had the benefit of The Queen’s wisdom and reassurance into my fifth decade. My wife has had twenty years of her guidance and support. My three children have got to spend holidays with her and create memories that will last their whole lives.
‘She was by my side at my happiest moments. And she was by my side during the saddest days of my life. I knew this day would come, but it will be some time before the reality of life without Grannie will truly feel real.
‘I thank her for the kindness she showed my family and me. And I thank her on behalf of my generation for providing an example of service and dignity in public life that was from a different age, but always relevant to us all. My grandmother famously said that grief was the price we pay for love. All of the sadness we will feel in the coming weeks will be testament to the love we felt for our extraordinary Queen. I will honour her memory by supporting my father, The King, in every way I can.’
William and Kate also paid tribute to the Queen on social media on the day of her funeral, sharing a black and white image of her coffin while saying: ‘Goodbye to a Queen, a mother, a grandmother and a great grandmother.’
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Archewell website displayed a blacked-out landing page shortly after news of the Queen’s death was confirmed – while he also paid tribute separately on the site.
He later wrote a more detailed tribute which read: ‘In celebrating the life of my grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen – and in mourning her loss – we are all reminded of the guiding compass she was to so many in her commitment to service and duty.
‘She was globally admired and respected. Her unwavering grace and dignity remained true throughout her life and now her everlasting legacy. Let us echo the words she spoke after the passing of her husband, Prince Philip, words which can bring comfort to all of us now: “Life, of course, consists of final partings as well as first meetings”.
‘Granny, while this final parting brings us great sadness, I am forever grateful for all of our first meetings—from my earliest childhood memories with you, to meeting you for the first time as my Commander-in-Chief, to the first moment you met my darling wife and hugged your beloved great-grandchildren.
‘I cherish these times shared with you, and the many other special moments in between. You are already sorely missed, not just by us, but by the world over. And as it comes to first meetings, we now honour my father in his new role as King Charles III. Thank you for your commitment to service. Thank you for your sound advice. Thank you for your infectious smile. We, too, smile knowing that you and grandpa are reunited now, and both together in peace.’
Princess Anne, who accompanied her mother’s coffin from Scotland back to London, said it was an ‘honour and a privilege to accompany her on her final journeys’.
She also said in a statement: ‘I was fortunate to share the last 24 hours of my dearest Mother’s life. It has been an honour and a privilege to accompany her on her final journeys. Witnessing the love and respect shown by so many on these journeys has been both humbling and uplifting.
‘We will all share unique memories. I offer my thanks to each and every one who share our sense of loss.
‘We may have been reminded how much of her presence and contribution to our national identity we took for granted. I am also so grateful for the support and understanding offered to my dear brother Charles as he accepts the added responsibilities of The Monarch.
‘To my mother, The Queen, thank you.’
Prince Andrew expressed his ‘deepest love’ for the late monarch in his tribute, saying: ‘Dear Mummy, Mother, Your Majesty, three in one.
‘Your Majesty, it has been an honour and a privilege to serve you.
‘Mother – of the nation, your devotion and personal service to our nation is unique and singular; your people show their love and respect in so many different ways and I know you are looking on honouring their respect.
‘Mummy, your love for a son, your compassion, your care, your confidence I will treasure forever.
‘I have found your knowledge and wisdom infinite, with no boundary or containment.
‘I will miss your insights, advice and humour.
‘As our book of experiences closes, another opens, and I will forever hold you close to my heart with my deepest love and gratitude, and I will tread gladly into the next with you as my guide.
The Queen’s youngest son spoke of the ‘unimaginable void’ the Queen’s passing had left, as he said: ‘As a family, we have grown up learning to share our parents, especially our beloved mama, with the Nation, her Realms and the Commonwealth. While it has been lovely to have spent time saying our own farewell privately at Balmoral, it is now time to allow others to be able to say their farewell.
‘We have been overwhelmed by the tide of emotion that has engulfed us and the sheer number of people who have gone out of their way to express their own love, admiration and respect to such a very special and unique person who was ‘always there for us. https://twitter.com/RoyalFamily/status/1571769106055012352
‘And now, we are there for her, united in grief. Thank you for your support, you have no idea how much it means.
‘The Queen’s passing has left an unimaginable void in all our lives. Sophie and I have taken huge pleasure in seeing our James and Louise enjoying the places and activities that their grandparents loved so much.
‘Given that my mama let us spend so much time with her, I think she also rather enjoyed watching those passions blossom. Those times together, those happy memories, have now become massively precious to each and every one of us.’
Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie
Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson’s daughters paid tribute to their grandmother by saying: ‘Our dearest Grannie, We’ve not been able to put much into words since you left us all.
‘There have been tears and laughter, silences and chatter, hugs and loneliness, and a collective loss for you, our beloved Queen and our beloved Grannie.
‘We, like many, thought you’d be here forever. And we all miss you terribly.
‘You were our matriarch, our guide, our loving hand on our backs leading us through this world. You taught us so much and we will cherish those lessons and memories forever.’
‘For now dear Grannie, all we want to say is thank you. Thank you for making us laugh, for including us, for picking heather and raspberries, for marching soldiers, for our teas, for comfort, for joy,’ they said.
They added, in a nod to the Queen’s modesty: ‘You, being you, will never know the impact you have had on our family and so many people around the world.’
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