Saying goodbye. Prince William broke his silence after death Queen Elizabeth II.
“On Thursday, the world lost a distinguished leader whose commitment to country, kingdoms and the Commonwealth was absolute,” the 40-year-old Duke of Cambridge shared through his and duchess Katiajoint Instagram report on Saturday, September 10th. “So much will be said in the coming days about the significance of her historic reign.”
William continued, “However, I lost my grandmother. And while I will mourn her loss, I also feel incredibly grateful. In my fifth decade, I enjoyed the wisdom and comfort of the queen.
The military veteran noted that Kate, 40, has received “20 years of her guidance and support,” while their three children — Prince George, 9, Princess Charlotte, 7, and Prince Louis, 4 — spent many vacations with by the late Queen, creating “memories that will last a lifetime.”
“She was by my side during the happiest moments and the saddest days of my life,” the statement said. “I knew that day would come, but it would be some time before the reality of life without a grandmother would be truly real.”
Thanking Elizabeth for her years of kindness and service to the country, William noted that he plans to “honor her memory by supporting” his father, king Charles III, as he begins his reign.
The monarch’s passing was announced in an earlier statement from Buckingham Palace on Thursday, September 8, noting that she had “passed away peacefully” at Balmoral Castle. The late queen was 96 years old.
Shortly before her death, Buckingham Palace said the Queen’s medical team was concerned about her health. “Following further examination this morning, the Queen’s doctors are concerned about Her Majesty’s health and have advised her to remain under medical supervision,” the Sept. 8 statement said. “The Queen still feels comfortable in Balmoral as well.”
Although both William and Prince Harry – the last of which was in Europe with his wife Meghan Markle – rushed to the Queen’s bed in Scotland. Neither they (nor their uncles Prince Andrew as well as Prince Edward) to say goodbye.
Elizabeth’s deteriorating health made headlines earlier that year as she battled COVID-19 in February. The Queen also suffered from constant mobility problems which caused her to miss the State Opening of Parliament three months later. At the time, a source told Us that Her Majesty was advised to “be much lighter” ahead of her historic platinum jubilee celebrations. Elizabeth attended the Trooping the Color parade in June but missed the Thanksgiving anniversary service, the Epsom Derby and the Party at the Palace concert due to “discomfort”. The source said Us that the monarch was “disappointed that she could not attend all the events”
On the anniversary weekend, the Queen met her great-granddaughter Lilibet for the first time. “After reluctantly exiting ‘Party in the Palace’, spending time with her great-grandchildren and watching Lilibet turn 1 has added some light to her day,” the source said exclusively. Us at that time. “She thinks they are adorable and gave Lily and Archie gifts.”
Elizabeth’s death comes more than a year after the death of her husband, Prince Philip, in April 2021. Philip was 99 years old.
The royal couple married at Westminster Abbey on November 20, 1947, and later had children Charles, Andrew, Princess Anna and Edward.
“He has just been my strength and support all these years, and I and all his family, and this and many other countries, owe him more than he will ever demand, or we will ever know,” Queen admired Duke of Edinburgh at their 50th birthday celebration.
Just weeks after his death, the Queen turned 95 and made a grim statement about the difficult time the family was going through.
“On the occasion of my 95th birthday today, I received many messages of good wishes, which I really appreciate. While we are in a period of great sorrow as a family, it has been a comfort to all of us to see and hear tributes to my husband from those in the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and around the world,” she shared. in April 2021. “My family and I would like to thank you for all the support and kindness shown to us in recent days. We were deeply moved and continue to be reminded that Philip had such an extraordinary impact on countless people throughout his life.”
Both William and Kate attended Philip’s funeral, as did Harry, 37, who returned to the UK for the first time since stepping down from royal duties in 2020. Meghan, 41, was unable to fly to the event as she was pregnant. with baby #2 (Lilibet joined older brother Archie, age 3, in June 2021).
The Duke of Sussex has been open about his difficulties at the palace, sharing the details in numerous high-profile interviews since stepping down from royal duties. After admitting to breaking up with both his brother and father, he shared during an interview with CBS in March 2021 that he and the Queen have always had a special bond.
“Over the past year, I have talked with my grandmother more than in many, many years,” he said then. “My grandmother and I have a really good relationship and a good rapport.”