From world leaders to her closest family members, there has been a global outpouring of grief at the loss of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

And among those sharing their memories and tributes are a host of celebs, with everyone from Joan Collins to Sting honouring The Queen and her “incomparable legacy”.

Dame Joan, who had met Her Majesty and was part of The Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations earlier this year, took to Instagram to pay her respects.

She wrote: “The Queen was magical. The greatest and most popular star who represented the best of British values.

"I was grateful to be part of her platinum jubilee and to see her last appearance on the balcony. I hope she knew how much we all loved her. #ripqueenelizabeth.”

Sting admitted he had a “quiet weep” following the death of the Queen as the former Police frontman wrote on Twitter: “I had a quiet weep for the Queen, I am sad for my country and what it has lost.”

Dame Helen, who portrayed the Queen on the silver screen and on the stage, described her as the “epitome of nobility”.

In a post on Instagram, the Oscar-winning British actress said: “I am proud to be an Elizabethan. We mourn a woman, who, with or without the crown, was the epitome of nobility.”

James Bond star Daniel Craig said the Queen leaves “an incomparable legacy and will be profoundly missed”.

In a statement to the PA news agency, he added: “I, like so many, was deeply saddened by the news today and my thoughts are with the royal family, those she loved and all those who loved her.”

Sir Elton said the Queen had been a huge part of his life “from childhood to this day”.

He wrote: “Along with the rest of the nation, I am deeply saddened to hear the news of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s passing.

“She was an inspiring presence to be around, and led the country through some of our greatest, and darkest, moments with grace, decency and a genuine caring warmth.

“Queen Elizabeth has been a huge part of my life from childhood to this day, and I will miss her dearly.”

Victoria and David Beckham have also shared tributes as the former English football star said the outpouring of grief from around the world following the monarch’s death demonstrated “how much she inspired us with her leadership”.

“I’m truly saddened by the death of Her Majesty, The Queen. What an outpouring of love and respect we saw for the Platinum Jubilee for her life of service,” he wrote on Instagram.

“How devastated we all feel today shows what she has meant to people in this country and around the world. How much she inspired us with her leadership.

“How she comforted us when times were tough. Until her last days she served her country with dignity and grace.”

Fashion designer Victoria shared a black-and-white snap of the late Head of State and wrote: "Today is a very sad day not just for our country but for the entire world. I’m deeply saddened by the passing of our beloved Monarch, Her Majesty The Queen.

"She will be remembered for her steadfast loyalty and service and my thoughts are with the royal family at this incredibly sad time."

Former US President Barack Obama said he and wife Michelle had been “awed” by the Queen’s “legacy of tireless, dignified public service”.

In a statement posted on Twitter, he said her Majesty had “captivated the world”, adding: “Her Majesty was just 25 years old when she took on the enormous task of helming one of the world’s great democracies.

“In the decades that followed, she would go on to make the role of Queen her own – with a reign defined by grace, elegance, and a tireless work ethic, defying the odds and expectations placed on women of her generation.”

Mr Obama added that the Queen had been “responsible for considerable diplomatic achievements”, but also paid tribute to her willingness to take part in a comedy sketch at the London Olympics opening ceremony in 2012.

“Michelle and I were lucky enough to come to know her Majesty, and she meant a great deal to us,” he said.

“Back when we were just beginning to navigate life as President and First Lady, she welcomed us to the world stage with open arms and extraordinary generosity.

“Time and again, we were struck by her warmth, the way she put people at ease, and how she brought her considerable humour and charm to moments of great pomp and circumstance.”

Sir Mick Jagger reflected on how the Queen had “always been there” throughout his life as he recalled watching key moments.

The frontman of The Rolling Stones shared a photo of the monarch on his Instagram and wrote: “For my whole life Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II has always been there.

“In my childhood I can recall watching her wedding highlights on TV. I remember her as a beautiful young lady, to the much-beloved grandmother of the nation. My deepest sympathies are with the royal family.”

The Rolling Stones also offered their “deepest sympathy” to the royal family following the news.

Elsewhere in the music world, Sir Paul McCartney also paid tribute to the Queen with a short but sweet message on his Instagram account.

Alongside an image of the Queen in her youth signed by McCartney, the 80-year-old music icon wrote: “God bless Queen Elizabeth II.

“May she rest in peace. Long live The King.”

Andrew Lloyd Webber described the Queen as “an inspiration to the world for her lifetime of service”.

In a statement shared on Twitter, Lord Lloyd-Webber wrote: “For the whole of my life, the Queen has been the constant anchor of not just Britain and her beloved Commonwealth, but an inspiration to the world for her lifetime of service.

“Her legacy will be remembered as a selfless beacon for love, understanding and the celebration of fellow human beings all over the world, no matter their race or creed.

“Madeleine and I are deeply saddened by this news, and our thoughts and prayers are with Her Majesty The Queen’s family.”

Music mogul Simon Cowell said the Queen was a monarch who “managed to balance great leadership, tradition and progression” in his tribute on Instagram as he wrote: “I’m incredibly sad to hear of the passing of the Queen.

“With incredible strength she was someone who loved her country and was able to lead with so much love.

“I feel very lucky that in my lifetime we have had a Monarch who managed to balance great leadership, tradition and progression.

“I would like to send my respects to her family during this time.”

Harry Potter author J K Rowling said the monarch had “earned her rest” after having “uncomplainingly filled her constitutional role for seventy years”.

“Some may find the outpouring of British shock and grief at this moment quaint or odd, but millions felt affection and respect for the woman who uncomplainingly filled her constitutional role for seventy years,” she wrote on Twitter.

“Most British people have never known another monarch, so she’s been a thread winding through all our lives.

“She did her duty by the country right up until her dying hours, and became an enduring, positive symbol of Britain all over the world. She’s earned her rest.”

Good Morning Britain presenter Kate Garraway wrote on Instagram: "RIP HM Queen Elizabeth II . We will forever be in your debt for your lifetime of dedication. Mother, grandmother , great grandmother – my thoughts are with all the Royal family for their loss.

"Sending love too to all those , like me , who feel the loss of her extraordinary presence as a constant in all our lives , seems even now , strangely and unsettlingly unreal."

The official account of Paddington Bear also tweeted its respects to the Queen, saying: “Thank you Ma’am, for everything.”

The pair recently appeared in a comical sketch together as part of the celebrations for the monarch’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, in which they shared tea and marmalade sandwiches at Buckingham Palace.

Dame Darcey Bussell posted a smiling picture of herself and the Queen, who she described as “an extraordinary and inspiring woman”.

“So saddened to hear of the loss of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, our thoughts go to Royal Family,” the dancer wrote on Instagram.

“An extraordinary & inspiring Woman. Thank you for a lifetime of service & all you did for the Arts.”

Former spice girl Mel B shared a post on Instagram alongside an image of the Queen meeting the members of the Spice Girls.

Alongside it she wrote: “Today is the saddest day. We have lost an incredible lady who all of us grew up with and had so much respect for.

“I was honoured to meet her, honoured that she awarded me my MBE as patron of Women’s Aid and honoured she was our Queen.”

Presenting duo Ant and Dec also paid tribute to the Queen, writing on Twitter: “We are deeply saddened by the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

“It is hard to believe she will no longer be with us. Our thoughts, prayers and condolences are with King Charles and the entire Royal Family.

“Rest In Peace Your Majesty. And thank you.”

The BBC Board issued a statement from director-general Tim Davie in which he reflected on the Queen’s role as a “unifying figure across generations”.

“On behalf of everyone at the BBC we offer our deepest condolences to the Royal Family following the death of Her Majesty The Queen,” the statement read.

“Her Majesty was the absolute embodiment of public service. She was a unifying figure across generations, communities and borders, who represented the very best of our nation.

“We are grateful at the BBC to have witnessed, recorded and shared so many of the special moments in her long life and reign.

“She will always be remembered with the greatest affection and admiration.”

The national anthem was played on BBC One following the announcement, showing a photograph of the Queen, followed by a royal crest on a black background and the words Queen Elizabeth II.

The National Theatre said it was “deeply saddened” by the news of the death of monarch, who had been a patron of the institution for more than 40 years.

“We are deeply saddened by the death of Her Majesty The Queen, Royal Patron of the National Theatre for more than four decades,” the organisation tweeted.

The news of the Queen’s death was also the subject of several US talk show monologues including The Daily Show, hosted by Trevor Noah, and The Late Late Show with James Corden.

British comedian James used his show’s opening remarks to express his gratitude to the Queen, saying he was “so thankful and grateful for the incredible service and leadership she has shown through in all of our lifetimes”.


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