Still family. Sarah FergusonThe Duchess of York paid tribute to her former mother-in-law Queen Elizabeth II following her death at the age of 96 on Thursday 8 September.
“I am heartbroken at the passing of Her Majesty the Queen.” — Ferguson, 62 posted via twitter on Thursday. “She leaves behind an outstanding legacy: the most fantastic example of duty, service and resilience, and an unwavering continued presence as our Head of State for over 60 years.”
Fergie, who called the Queen “the most incredible mother-in-law and friend”, noted that the Empress over the years gave “all her life disinterestedly to the people of Great Britain and the Commonwealth.”
“I will always be grateful to her for the generosity she showed me by staying by my side even after my divorce,” she shared. “I will miss her more than words can express.”
The star of “Young Victoria” has tied the knot with the son of the monarch Prince Andrew, Duke of York, in July 1986 at Westminster Abbey. After six years of marriage, they announced their divorce and divorced four years later. The couple who remain on friendly terms are raising daughters Princess Beatrice34, and Princess Eugenie32.
While Ferguson is known to have had a rocky relationship with Elizabeth’s late husband. Prince Philipshe spoke openly about her love for the queen for many years.
In 2021, a spokesperson for Weight Watchers appeared on an episode of the Tea with Twiggy podcast and called Elizabeth her “greatest mentor” and “the person who believes” in her the most, revealing that the royal matriarch was “more like a mother to me.” than my own mother.”
She added: “I absolutely admire how incredible Her Majesty is so modern… and how flexible, understanding, forgiving and generous she is.”
The Duke of York was one of many members of the royal family who flew to Balmoral, Scotland ahead of the announcement of Queen Elizabeth’s death. Andrey, 62 years old, Prince William as well as Prince Edward everyone joined King Charles as well as Duchess Camilla on the estate to be close to the empress after it became known that she was “under medical supervision”.
Prince Harryfor his part, was still about to join the rest of the royal family when Britain’s longest-reigning monarch passed away.
“The Queen passed away peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement on Thursday. “The King and Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral tonight and return to London tomorrow.”
After her death, 73-year-old Prince Charles, who took the throne after the death of his mother, paid tribute to her majesty.
“The death of my beloved mother, Her Majesty the Queen, is a moment of greatest sadness for me and all members of my family,” he wrote. “We deeply mourn the death of our beloved Sovereign and beloved Mother. I know that her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and to countless people around the world.”