The royal family are paying tribute to Queen Elizabeth II in the wake of her death. On Saturday, Sept. 17, Prince Andrew’s daughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, said farewell to their grandmother in a touching Instagram post that included a candid photo of them with the queen.
In the lengthy post, the sisters talked about how difficult it has been since their “beloved Grannie” died on Sept. 8. “We’ve not been able to put much into words since you left us all,” they wrote. “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.”
Eugenie and Beatrice’s post comes just days after Princess Anne released a touching tribute to her mother on the Buckingham Palace website on Sept. 13. “I was fortunate to share the last 24 hours of my dearest Mother’s life,” she said. “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.”
She continued: “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.”
Earlier in the week, Prince Harry released a tribute of his own. “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,” he said.
Harry and Meghan Markle joined Prince William and Kate Middleton, Princess of Wales, on a walk around the grounds of Windsor Castle to speak with mourners and view tributes to the Queen on Saturday. In video shared by The Sun, Harry can be seen speaking with the people who came to pay their respects to his grandmother. In the video, he said that Windsor is “a lonely place” without the queen.
Also on Saturday, the Prince of Wales issued a moving statement about the impact the queen had not only on her country, but on his life. “I knew this day would come, but it will be some time before the reality of life without Grannie will truly feel real,” he wrote in part in a message posted across the official Prince and Princess of Wales’s social media accounts.
The new king — the queen’s eldest son — took the lead in paying tribute to the queen. On Sept. 8, Buckingham Palace confirmed via a statement on its website that “the queen died peacefully at Balmoral” just a few short hours after reports noted her family rushed to be by her side. The queen’s death followed worries about her health, which were announced in a separate, earlier statement from the palace that said “the queen’s doctors were concerned” for her.
Shortly after the queen’s death, her son Charles, who has now acceded the throne as King Charles III, issued a statement via the Royal Family’s Instagram to pay tribute to the late monarch. “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,” it read. “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.”
The following day, Sept. 9, Charles gave a televised address to UK citizens — his first as king — speaking not only of his mother’s legacy but also about the future of the country. He then attended a service of thanksgiving for Queen Elizabeth II at London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral. During his speech, King Charles spoke about his mother’s “profound personal commitment” to her country, highlighting her “sacrifices” and “devotion.” He concluded his message, “Darling mama, as you begin your last great journey, to join my dear late papa, I want simply to say this: Thank you, thank you for your love and devotion to our family and to the family of nations you have served so diligently all of these years. May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.”
During her 70-years-long rule, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch achieved many milestones. Her legacy began when she was appointed to the throne in 1952 at 25 years old following the death of her father, King George VI. In her day, the queen was head of the Commonwealth, which currently includes over 50 countries, and celebrated her achievements with her Silver, Golden, Diamond, Sapphire, and Platinum Jubilees.
Tributes for the queen have poured in from Britain and celebrities all over. Read ahead to see how the royal family are mourning their loss.