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Amanda Holden cuts a sombre figure as she pays her respects to the Queen at Buckingham Palace

Gloomy: Amanda Holden traveled to Buckingham Palace to pay her respects to the Queen on Friday - a day after her death at the age of 96

Amanda Holden traveled to Buckingham Palace to pay her respects to the Queen on Friday – a day after her death at the age of 96.

The TV star, 51, cut a somber figure as she walked among the crowds that lined the streets of the mall to pay their respects to Her Majesty, wearing an elegant blue dress.

Queen Elizabeth died Thursday afternoon at Balmoral Castle, Scotland.

Gloomy: Amanda Holden traveled to Buckingham Palace to pay her respects to the Queen on Friday - a day after her death at the age of 96

Gloomy: Amanda Holden traveled to Buckingham Palace to pay her respects to the Queen on Friday – a day after her death at the age of 96

Amanda decided to pay tribute to him after presenting her Heart Radio Breakfast show in nearby Leicester Square.

The day before, she had taken to Twitter to pay tribute to the Queen.

She wrote: “I think we all believed our Queen would live forever…her grace, good humor and indomitable spirit were the backbone of Britain…

“I can’t imagine our country without her…#GodsavetheQueen.”

Emotional: The TV star, 51, cut a dark figure as she walked among the crowds that lined the streets of the mall to pay their respects to Her Majesty, wearing an elegant blue dress

Emotional: The TV star, 51, cut a dark figure as she walked among the crowds that lined the streets of the mall to pay their respects to Her Majesty, wearing an elegant blue dress

Heartfelt: The day before, she took to Twitter to pay tribute to the Queen

Heartfelt: The day before, she took to Twitter to pay tribute to the Queen

Amanda has had the pleasure of meeting Queen Elizabeth in person on several occasions, most recently in 2015 at an event held at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

Earlier this year, the presenter took advantage of a Royal Company matinee at Clarence House in London to celebrate the 160th anniversary of the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home animal welfare charity, of which she is an ambassador

Amanda warmly welcomed Battersea’s Royal Patron, Camilla, then Duchess of Cornwall and now Queen Consort, with kisses as they joined Paul O’Grady and some very sweet dogs at the garden reception.

On the move: Amanda decided to pay tribute after presenting her Heart Radio Breakfast show near Leicester Square

Paying homage: She was among hundreds of mourners

On the move: Amanda decided to pay tribute after presenting her Heart Radio Breakfast show near Leicester Square

Emotional scenes: Amanda hid her eyes behind sunglasses and kept her head down as she walked towards the palace

Emotional scenes: Amanda hid her eyes behind sunglasses and kept her head down as she walked towards the palace

Royal Highness: Amanda has had the pleasure of meeting Queen Elizabeth in person on several occasions, most recently in 2015 at an event held at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home

Royal Highness: Amanda has had the pleasure of meeting Queen Elizabeth in person on several occasions, most recently in 2015 at an event held at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home

A period of national mourning for the Queen has now begun, which will continue until the end of the day of her state funeral.

His death sparked an immediate and huge outpouring of emotion, with thousands of heartbroken mourners gathering outside the gates of Buckingham Palace and other royal buildings last night.

At one point, a rendition of God Save The Queen rang out among the mourners, followed by cheers from Long Live The King.

Others laid flowers outside Windsor Castle – where the Queen had spent much of her time following the death of her beloved husband Prince Philip in April last year.

Members of the Royal Family rushed to be at the Queen’s bedside on Thursday but did not reach Balmoral in time before her death, it is believed.

Only his eldest children, Prince Charles and Princess Anne, who were already in Scotland at the time of the monarch’s sudden aggravation, were able to travel to the royal estate before his death, sources said.

Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, his wife Sophie and Prince William all arrived from Berkshire by private jet in Aberdeen on Thursday as they rushed to Balmoral to see her. But it is understood that they did not reach the domain before its passage.

Prince Harry, who was due to attend a charity event with his wife Meghan in London on Thursday, also tried to reach Balmoral in time. But he arrived at 8 p.m., almost an hour and a half after the public was told of the Queen’s death.

Queen Charles’ son, the former Prince of Wales, is now King Charles III, while Prince William inherited his father’s title and is now, together with his wife, styled the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and of Cambridge. William is also now the “heir presumptive” to the British throne.

Royal Company: Amana is pictured meeting the Queen in 2003 after performing on the Royal Variety show

Royal Company: Amana is pictured meeting the Queen in 2003 after performing on the Royal Variety show

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