England captains Harry Kane and Leah Williamson praised the Queen as an “amazing inspiration” and an “extraordinary person” as they headlined the tributes following her death aged 96.
This was announced by Buckingham Palace on Thursday evening.
Tottenham striker Kane tweeted: “My thoughts are with the Royal Family at this very difficult time.
“The Queen was an amazing inspiration and will be remembered for her incredible years of service to this country. Rest in Peace, Your Majesty.”
Arsenal defender Williamson, who led England to Euro 2022 glory this summer, said on Instagram: “A constant presence of grace and decency in a world that is ever-changing around them.
“It is almost impossible to comprehend the loss of our Queen, for it seemed, and we hoped, that she might reign forever. A wonderful monarch, but an extraordinary man.
“A light so bright it gave us hope when there seemed none, a warm voice in times of despair. A queen who united her people and whose spirit made her appear as one of us. Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.”
Chelsea and England striker Raheem Sterling offered his condolences.
He said on Instagram: “My deepest condolences to the Royal Family at this incredibly sad time.”
Former Brazil striker Pele shared his memories of the Queen’s visit to his country.
He tweeted: “I’ve been a huge admirer of Queen Elizabeth II since I first saw her in person in 1968 when she came to Brazil to witness our love for football and witness the magic of a crowded Maracana. Your actions have shaped generations. That legacy will live forever.”
Athlete Sir Mo Farah, ex-tennis player Billie Jean King, former England batsman David Gower and boxer Nicola Adams also recalled meeting the Queen.
Farah tweeted: “My condolences to the Royal Family at this very sad time. The Queen was loved around the world and meant so much to so many.
“Meeting you was one of the greatest honors of my life. We will remember her for her warmth and commitment to the British people throughout her reign.”
King tweeted: “I am saddened by the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
“For 70 years, her leadership, impact and impact on the UK and the wider global community has been immense. I met her at Wimbledon in 2010 and it was a special moment for me.
“She was the longest-reigning British monarch in history, the only woman from the royal family to have served in the armed forces and a world-respected leader. She has earned her place in history and will be missed.”
Gower tweeted: “What a great woman. What a great reign. May Elizabeth II rest in peace after a lifetime of admirable service. As one of many who met her, even briefly, the memory remains fresh and special.”
Adams tweeted: “I am deeply saddened to hear that the Queen has passed away. I will never forget how lucky I was to receive my MBE from Her Majesty The Queen after winning my gold medal at the London 2012 Olympics.”
Former England strikers Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer also paid their respects.
Lineker tweeted: “Such a terribly sad day. Her Majesty the Queen has died.
“A truly remarkable woman who has served her country with dignity, loyalty and grace. A comfort that is always present in the lives of most of us. Rest in Peace, Your Majesty.”
Shearer wrote: “The Queen has dedicated her life to the service of this country. For a boy from Newcastle it was an honor to be in her presence. Thank you ma’am. For everything.”
Britain’s Olympic ice hockey gold medalist Kate Richardson-Walsh described the Queen as an “icon”.
“Sorrow and loss run deep. She was a woman we could look up to and be inspired by. What a life and legacy,” she wrote on Twitter.
“Thank you, Your Majesty, for all you have been, for so many people. An icon of our time. She will be missed.”
British Formula 1 driver George Russell tweeted: “I am so saddened by the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
“Her dedication to our country and generous leadership have been inspirational to so many generations of people in Britain and around the world
“My family and I send our deepest condolences to the royal family and to all those who have admired their service to our country over the past seven decades. Rest in peace.”
Former world boxing champion Frank Bruno said he was “devastated”.
Bruno, a longtime admirer of the monarch, added: “We all knew the end was near, but to me, our Queen was like a member of our family.
“I’ve had the good fortune and blessing to meet her a couple of times. She was the matriarch, mother of our nation. My thoughts are with the royal family – a sad, sad day.”
Germany and Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan tweeted: “A sad day for Britain – may they rest in peace.”
Former tennis player Johanna Konta tweeted: “May Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II rest in peace.”
Former 16-time darts world champion Phil Taylor tweeted: “What an amazing life. Sorely missed by millions of people. Rest in Peace, Your Majesty.”
Former England fast bowler Darren Gough thanked a “remarkable lady”.
The Yorkshire man added on Instagram: “No fuss and carried out your duties to the end… Thank you Your Majesty.”
Former Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand tweeted: “My thoughts and condolences go out to the members of the Royal Family. Rest in Peace, Your Majesty.”
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