Death of Queen Elizabeth II at 96: Sarah Ferguson speaks
Always with family. Sarah FergussonDuchess of York, paid tribute to her former mother-in-law Queen Elizabeth II, after her death at the age of 96 on Thursday September 8.
“I am heartbroken at the passing of Her Majesty The Queen,” said Ferguson, 62, written via Twitter Thursday. “She leaves an extraordinary legacy: the most fantastic example of duty, service and steadfastness, and a consistent and consistent presence as head of state for over 60 years.”
Fergie, who called the Queen “the most incredible mother and friend”, noted that the sovereign had given “her whole life selflessly to the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth” over the years.
“I will always be grateful to her for the generosity she showed me by staying close to me even after my divorce,” she shared. “I will miss her more than words can express.”
Young Victoria star married the monarch’s son Prince Andrew, The Duke of York, in July 1986 at Westminster Abbey. After six years of marriage, the two announced their separation and divorced four years later. The couple, who remain on good terms, share daughters Princess Beatrice34, and Princess Eugenie32.
While Ferguson notoriously had a rocky relationship with Elizabeth’s late husband Prince Philipshe has expressed her love for the Queen over the years.
In 2021, the Weight Watchers spokesperson appeared on an episode of the ‘Tea with Twiggy’ podcast and called Elizabeth the ‘greatest mentor’ and ‘person who believes’ in her the most, revealing the royal matriarch was “more of a mother to me than my own mother.
She added: “I absolutely admire the incredible way 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, before news broke of Queen Elizabeth’s death. Andrew, 62 years old, Prince William and Prince Edward all joined King Charles and Duchess Camille to the estate in order to be at the sovereign’s side after the announcement that she was “under medical supervision”.
Prince Harryfor her part, was still on her way to join the rest of the royal family when Britain’s longest-reigning monarch died.
“The Queen passed away peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement on Thursday. “The King and Queen Consort will stay at Balmoral tonight and return to London tomorrow.”
After her death, Prince Charles, 73 – who acceded to the throne on the death of his mother – paid tribute to her majesty.
“The passing of my beloved mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all of my family members,” he wrote. “We deeply mourn the passing of a dear Sovereign and a beloved Mother. I know his loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Kingdoms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.