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Celebrities react to death of Queen Elizabeth II

In the days following the announcement of the death of Queen Elizabeth II, an outpouring of love and support overwhelmed the media, showing how the Queen’s long life and reign affected millions.

Among those devastated were celebrities at home and abroad. 

Elton John, 75, knighted by Queen Elizabeth for services to music and charitable services in 1998, paused his gig at the Rogers Centre in Toronto on September 8th to pay tribute to the Queen. 

Elton said: “Today we had the saddest news about the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. She was an inspiring presence to be around — I’ve been around her and she was fantastic. 

“She led the country through some of our greatest and darkest moments with grace, decency and a genuine care and warmth.” 

Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby told the world: “It was the honour of a lifetime, and among its saddest moments, to preach at the State Funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, whose hope and faith in Jesus Christ inspired her servant leadership.”

Legendary musician Mick Jagger, 79, recalled how, for most, Queen Elizabeth has been a constant, reassuring presence our entire lives.

He tweeted: “I remember her as a beautiful young lady, the much beloved grandmother of the nation. My deepest sympathies are with the Royal family.”

Helen Mirren, 77, who won an oscar for her role as Queen Elizabeth in ‘The Queen’, said: “I am proud to be an Elizabethan. We mourn a woman, who, with or without the crown, was the epitome of nobility.”

Ex-footballer David Beckham, 47, joined the 12-hour queue at 2am to pay his own private tribute to Queen Elizabeth, who was lying-in-state in Westminster Hall. 

Across the pond, Anne Hathaway, 39, took to Instagram to say: “Queen Elizabeth II possessed a gentle and towering strength marked by her unwavering devotion to duty.

“Hers was an extraordinary reign, and I wish her a peaceful rest.”

The Black Sabbath rocker, Ozzy Osbourne, 73, tweeted: “I mourn with my country the passing of our greatest Queen.

“With a heavy heart I say it is devastating the thought of England without Queen Elizabeth II.”

Hollywood’s youngest stars were quick to post tributes to the Queen on their social platforms as well, showing how the Queen’s seven decades of rule has touched every generation. 

Milly Bobby Brown, 18, posted a photo of the monarch to her Instagram profile. 

She wrote: “‘I declare before you all that my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service.’” – Queen Elizabeth II May she rest peacefully.” 

Harry Styles, 28, honoured the monarch at his concert at Madison Square Garden hours following the news of her death. 

He said on stage to a large crowd: “From my homeland, there’s some very sad news today: the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.” 

“Please join me in a round of applause for 70 years of service,” after a pause for several moments, the English singer led his audience in a long round of applause.  

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