On Thursday at 7:30 p.m. German time, the world as we knew it suddenly came to a standstill…
England’s Queen Elizabeth II is dead! The Eternal Monarch (on the throne for 70 years) died aged 96 at her castle of Balmoral, Scotland. The royal family announced that she fell asleep peacefully in the afternoon.
In memory of an extraordinary womanwhich shaped the British monarchy over the past 70 years, stars and politicians also comment on the death of the Queen.
The world pays tribute to the Queen
▶︎ Federal President Frank Walter Steinmeier (66): “Your death is a deep turning point, the end of an epoch. The Queen shaped a century.”
▶︎ Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz (64, SPD): “She was a role model and inspiration for millions, including here in Germany. Your commitment to German-British reconciliation after the horrors of World War II will not be forgotten.”
▶︎ The British Prime Minister Liz Truss (47): “Because of her, Britain is the great country it is today.”
▶︎ US President Joe Biden (79): “The seven decades of her reign were an age of unprecedented human progress, in which she was there for her country even in times of crisis.”
▶︎ The Swedish one King Carl XVI Gustav (76): “The Queen served her countries and the Commonwealth with a singular dedication and sense of duty. She has always been a good friend to my family.”
▶︎ Denmark’s Queen Margaret II (82): “During her reign through both difficult and positive times, she played a crucial role as a unifying figure, well respected and deeply loved.”
▶︎ Pop legend Elton John (75): “Queen Elizabeth was a big part of my life. I will miss her very much. She has ruled the country with grace, grace and a genuine compassionate warmth.”
▶︎ Ex-Beatle Paul McCartney (80): “God bless Queen Elizabeth II. May she rest in peace. Long live the king.”
▶︎ Rolling Stones singer Mike Jagger (79): “All my life Her Highness has always been there. I remember her as a beautiful young woman, right down to the nation’s beloved grandmother.”
▶︎ Formula 1 boss Stefano Domenicali (57): “For more than seven decades she has dedicated her life to public service with dedication and dignity, inspiring so many around the world.”
▶︎ Action Star Sylvester Stallone (76): “May this great queen rest in peace. The world will never see someone like her again.”
▶︎ Oscar winner Whoopi Goldberg (66) recalled on Twitter a meeting with the Queen in 2009. She had “great reverence” for her and could hardly believe that she was facing the monarch.
▶︎ James Bond actor Daniel Craig (54): “My thoughts are with the royal family, those they loved and all those they loved. She leaves an unparalleled legacy and will be greatly missed.”
▶︎ The British football legend David Beckham (47) wrote: “Up until her last days she served her country with dignity and grace. The devastation we all feel today shows what she meant to people in this country and around the world.”
Concern since early afternoon
The Queen’s health had deteriorated dramatically in a short period of time. “The doctors are concerned about Her Majesty’s health and have recommended that she remain under medical supervision,” Buckingham Palace said in the early afternoon.
The statement was only 29 words long, but went around the world like thunder – while the palace machinery was running at full speed behind the scenes.
BITTER: Prince Harry (37) only arrived on Balmoral after the death of his grandmother, couldn’t say goodbye!
► Prince Charles (73) immediately left for his mother, flew with his wife Camilla (75) by helicopter from his Dumfries House estate (south of Edinburgh). Princess Anne (72) was also in Scotland. Prince Andrew (62) and Prince Edward (58) flew in from London.
► Prince William (40), new heir to the throne since yesterday, had rushed to the Queen. Wife Kate (40) stayed with the three children who had their first day of school after the summer holidays yesterday.
► Prince Harry was originally supposed to appear with his wife Meghan (41) in the evening at a charity event in London. In the afternoon he canceled them – and rushed to Scotland without Meghan. Unfortunately too late …
The British TV stations interrupted their programs and the first people gathered in front of Buckingham Palace. WAITING!
A government employee from the strategic communication of new Prime Minister Liz Truss (47) to BILD: “We were told that we should mentally prepare for the fact that the worst day in English history is imminent …”
For Charles, the new King Charles III. back to London. With great sadness and an even greater task in the luggage. “I lost my beloved mother,” was his statement in the evening.
The Queen and a possible farewell. He stood out – and somehow not. She completed fewer appointments, retired to Windsor Castle. Despite 96 years of life and the painful death of her heart man Prince Philip († 99) a year and a half ago, she seemed steadfast. unshakable.
This is how they will be remembered by millions of people.
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