Gary Lineker has led tributes to Queen Elizabeth II, who sadly passed away on Thursday evening. Her Majesty died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland at the age of 96 after reigning for 70 years.
“Such a terribly sad day,” the ex-England striker tweeted on Thursday. “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.”
Queen Elizabeth II was the longest-serving monarch in history after coming to the throne in 1952. Her reign spanned post-war austerity following WWII, the transition from empire to Commonwealth, and the UK’s entry into and exit from the European Union.
Her tenure as Head of State saw 15 prime ministers, beginning with Winston Churchill, who was born in 1874, and ending with Liz Truss, who was born in 1975 and appointed by the Queen just this week.
The Queen tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this year and had appeared in public less frequently in recent times. And as news of her deteriorating condition broke on Thursday morning, her children Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward travelled to Balmoral Castle. Her grandson Prince William also made the journey, with Prince Harry said to be on his way to Scotland during the afternoon.
And Buckingham Palace confirmed on Thursday evening in a statement that she had died. “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon,” read the statement. “The King and the Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”
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