Sir Elton John has shared his personal memories full of ‘joy and admiration’ with the Queen as he joined celebrities and other public figures including Michelle Obama, Jamie Lee Curtis and Stephen Fry in bidding farewell to her.
The music icon shared two pictures of their meetings together over the years on Instagram on the day of her state funeral.
‘Today I’ll be joining the rest of the world in remembering Her Majesty The Queen,’ he wrote. ‘My own memories of her are filled with joy and admiration. The Queen honoured me with a CBE, a knighthood and the Companion of Honour.
‘I was lucky enough to perform at three of her Jubilees. They were always joyous and humbling experiences.’
He then added: ‘But it was the moments out of the public eye that I will most fondly remember her for; dancing together to ‘Rock Around the Clock’ at Windsor Castle or experiencing her great wit, warmth and humour first hand. She served with grace and dedication, and she will be sorely missed.’
Posting a picture of a photo of the Queen nestled among floral tributes and a small Union Jack to her own Instagram account, actress Jamie Lee Cutis simply wrote: ‘Queen Elizabeth II. Family. Service. Country. A perfect image.’
Meanwhile, Stephen Fry praised the ‘ritual, ceremony and symbol’ of the Queen’s funeral.
The actor and comedian, 65, tuned in to the service from a hotel room in New York from 3am local time.
He said on Twitter: ‘Watching the #queensfuneral from 3am onwards in a New York hotel room somehow brings me closer to it all than if I were back home.
‘Words can’t compete with such ritual, ceremony and symbol. Think how many jigsaw puzzles will come from this…’
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Footballer David Beckham, who had waited 13 hours in the queue to see the Queen lying in state on Friday, also posted his thoughts on the monumental day, alongside a photo of the Queen’s coffin on the Royal Navy gun carriage as part of her funeral procession.
‘Our Queen is home.. Today we said a final farewell to Her Majesty The Queen,’ he shared.
‘This week the world has mourned the loss of a unique , inspirational & caring leader. People from all walks of life came together in their thousands to show gratitude for our beloved Queen. Alongside the incredible ceremony and tradition we have watched a loving family grieve for a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother with dignity and dedication.’
He finished: ‘Her legacy of service and devotion to duty will endure…Long live the King.. 🇬🇧’
Gordon Ramsay shared a photo of the Queen in a bright pink outfit and wished her farewell.
The celebrity chef, 55, said: ‘Today we join the world as we mourn and commemorate Her Majesty The Queen.
‘The very definition of an inspiration, who touched the lives of us all. Rest in peace your Majesty, your legacy and love will live on in our hearts forever.’
Former US First Lady Michelle Obama reshared a video clip of her first fond memory of meeting the Queen.
She wrote in the caption: ‘My heart goes out to the Royal Family and all those mourning Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s passing. For her Platinum Jubilee earlier this year, I reflected on my first time meeting her at Buckingham Palace in 2009. It’s a memory I’ll cherish forever.’
Another tribute came from British Hollywood star Kate Beckinsale, who shared a photo of the Queen waving goodbye, on Instagram.
The 49-year-old, best known for starring in the Underworld film series, wrote: ‘Fly safe, Ma’am. Goodnight and god bless xxx’
ITV host Lorraine Kelly, 62, reshared the last official photo of the Queen, taken by photographer Ranald Mackechnie, which was released on Sunday ahead of the funeral.
She later shared her thoughts on the funeral service and procession, calling it ‘impeccable, dignified and pitch perfect’.
‘I’m sure lots of tears shed when the lone piper played his lament,’ she added, before going on to praise the ‘faultless’ pallbearers in a separate post.
‘Such a difficult duty carried out impeccably,’ she noted.
Channel 5 presenter Dan Walker joined in praising the soldiers from Queen’s Company, First Battalion of the Grenadier Guards who were carrying the late monarch’s coffin.
‘I don’t know about you but I held my breath for most of this part… well done lads,’ he wrote. ‘Trusted shoulders, nerves of steel.’
Rylan was also full of praise for the ‘flawless job’ that everyone involved with the funeral did, congratulating the military, staff and police on making the historic event ‘a pleasure to witness’.
TV star Amanda Holden, 51, shared a black and white photo from the Queen’s coronation in 1953, writing: ‘Rest in Peace your Majesty’ before adding a black love heart emoji.
Virgin founder and entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson called it ‘deeply moving’ as he reflected on the ‘beautiful tributes from around the world remembering and celebrating the life and reign of the most incredible queen, Queen Elizabeth II’.
He continued: ‘She was an exceptional monarch who embodied the very best of Britain. Remembering people for the amazing lives they lived, and for the laughter and joy they brought us is the best form of remembrance.’
Ex Strictly Come Dancing judge Dame Arlene Phillips shared a photo of herself dressed in black in Windsor.
She reflected: ‘I feel I left a small piece of my heart here at Windsor Castle as I say farewell and thank you to our beautiful Queen 19.09.2022 🤍’
‘It’s a day we will never forget… a truly beautiful testament to our Nation’s Sovereign, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. Rest in Peace. Your duty done. Long Live King Charles…’ posted Bear Grylls on Instagram, with a carousel of photos from the funeral of the Royal Family, the procession and himself glimpsed on television, attending the service.
Chef Jamie Oliver agreed, posting an image of the procession and writing: ‘A day to remember ❤️’
DIY SOS presenter Nick Knowles said he was ‘incredibly proud’ of the armed forces, security services and police who ‘managed to pull off and manage such a huge security event and dignified funeral cortege’.
Knowles, 59, added: ‘Great to see troops from all around the commonwealth too. Extraordinary spectacle with the world watching.’
Harry Potter actor Tom Felton, who plays Draco Malfoy in the franchise, also shared that he was ‘extrememly proud to call myself British’ as he thanked the late Queen for her ‘example, duty to service and love of animals’.
Socialite Tamara Ecclestone, 38, also bid farewell, writing on Instagram: ‘I don’t know what I expected, I suppose I expected our Queen to be immortal.
‘Waking up today my heart hurts it feels so real so final. Thinking of her family who haven’t really had a chance to mourn privately instead they have been so gracious and inclusive of us all.’
Dame Joan Collins also paid tribute to the Queen as she reflected on her own loss on Monday.
‘It’s personally poignant to me that we should be mourning the passing of #queenelizabeth on the same day as I mourn seven years since the passing of my dear sister @jackiejcollins.’
Monday saw VIPs, dignitaries and mourners gather in the capital to say a final farewell to the Queen, who died at Balmoral in Scotland on September 8 aged 96.
The service at Westminster Abbey and subsequent procession marked the climax of a week of ceremony, with the Queen being laid to rest in Windsor.