Celebrities Pay Tribute to Queen Elizabeth

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Since the news broke yesterday that Queen Elizabeth II had passed away at the age of 96, people around the world have shared their sadness on the loss of the British monarch. From royals around the globe to former presidents, many have been sharing their remembrances of Her Majesty and their condolences for the royal family. Celebrities, of course, were not exempt for wanting to join in the collective grief, including many who shared special connections with the royal family themselves.

Dame Helen Mirren—who has portrayed the Queen on numerous occasions, including the 2006 film The Queen by future The Crown writer Peter Morgan, for which she won the Oscar for Best Actress—shared a post to her Instagram, writing "I am proud to be an Elizabethan. We mourn a woman, who, with or without the crown, was the epitome of nobility."

Musician Elton John has a long history with the royal family. He was famously a close friend of Princess Diana's, and even performed at her funeral. Besides Diana, however, he had close dealings with many members of the royal family over the years, including Princess Margaret, Prince Philip, and the Queen herself (in fact, she knighted the rock legend in 1998). Earlier this year, John also performed for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

"Along with the rest of the nation, I am deeply saddened to hear the news of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s passing," he wrote in a statement on Twitter. "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."

Earlier this year, the Queen surprised and delighted fans during her Platinum Jubilee by appearing in an adorable video with the British children's character, Paddington Bear. While the iconic bear might be fictional, plenty of fans still got choked up over a marmalade-sweet send off from Paddington's official Twitter account, reading simply, "Thank you Ma’am, for everything."

Famed British composer and EGOT winner Andrew Lloyd Webber (who was also knighted by Her Majesty) teamed up with Lin Manuel-Miranda in 2022 for a special musical presentation in the Queen's honor for the Platinum Jubilee. To mark her death, he shared a message on social media:

"For the whole of my life, the Queen has been the constant anchor of not just Britain and her beloved Commonwealth, but an inspiration to the world for her lifetime of service," he wrote. "Her legacy will be remembered as a selfless beacon for love, understanding and the celebration of fellow human beings all over the world, no matter their race or creed. Madeleine and I are deeply saddened by this news, and our thoughts and prayers are with Her Majesty The Queen’s family."

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