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Dame Helen Mirren pays heartfelt tribute following the death of Queen Elizabeth II

Dame Helen Mirren pays heartfelt tribute following the death of Queen Elizabeth II

Dame Helen Mirren paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II after her death at the age of 96 on Thursday.

The 77-year-old actress, who has portrayed the monarch on the big screen and on stage, said she was ‘proud to be an Elizabethan’ and described the late royal as ‘the epitome of nobility’.

In an Instagram post, the Oscar-winning British star wrote: “I’m proud to be an Elizabethan. We mourn a woman who, crowned or uncrowned, was the epitome of nobility.

Heartfelt: Dame Helen Mirren, 77, paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II after her death at the age of 96 on Thursday (Dame Helen pictured in the film The Queen in 2006)

Heartfelt: Dame Helen Mirren, 77, paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II after her death at the age of 96 on Thursday (Dame Helen pictured in the film The Queen in 2006)

Queen Elizabeth II died today aged 96 and her son Charles, the former Prince of Wales, is now King Charles III.

All of Her Majesty’s children had rushed to Balmoral today after doctors became ‘worried’ for her health. A few hours later, she passed away, surrounded by her family.

The monarch has been described as “an inspiration to the world for her life of service” as tributes poured in from around the world following news of her death on Thursday night.

Farewell: Queen Elizabeth II died aged 96 today at Balmoral in Scotland (pictured in May)

Farewell: Queen Elizabeth II died aged 96 today at Balmoral in Scotland (pictured in May)

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

In a statement to the PA news agency, he added: “Like so many others, I was deeply saddened by today’s news and my thoughts are with the Royal Family, those they loved and to all who loved him.”

Sir Elton said the Queen had played a significant role in his life “from childhood to date” in his own online tribute.

Iconic: Dame Helen, who portrayed the monarch on the big screen and on stage, said she was

Iconic: Dame Helen, who portrayed the monarch on the big screen and on stage, said she was ‘proud to be an Elizabethan’ and described the late royal as ‘the embodiment of nobility’ (pictured in may)

“Along with the rest of the nation, I am deeply saddened to hear the news of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth,” Sir Elton wrote.

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

“Queen Elizabeth has been a big part of my life from childhood until today, and I will miss her dearly.”

Sir Mick Jagger reflected on how the Queen had ‘always been there’ throughout her life as he recalled watching key moments.

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

“As a child, I remember watching the highlights of her marriage on TV. I remember her as a beautiful young woman, the nation’s beloved grandmother. My deepest condolences go to the royal family.

The Rolling Stones also offered their “sincere sympathy” to the Royal Family following the news.

Tribute: Music icon Elton, 75, said she

Tribute: Music icon Elton, 75, said she would ‘be greatly missed’ after the Queen’s historic 70-year reign as a number of stars paid tribute to her

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

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

“His legacy will be remembered as a selfless beacon for the love, understanding and celebration of fellow human beings everywhere, regardless of 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.”

Other British celebrities paying tribute include Stephen Fry, Ozzy Osbourne, Sue Perkins, Victoria Beckham and Sir Philip Pullman.

All the stars: Victoria Beckham and Mick Jagger were among the stars to take to social media to pay tribute to the Queen

All the stars: Victoria Beckham and Mick Jagger were among the stars to take to social media to pay tribute to the Queen

The queen was confirmed dead at 6.30pm on Thursday.

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said: “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and Queen consort will stay at Balmoral tonight and return to London tomorrow.

The Queen’s death will see Britain and her Commonwealth realms enter a 10-day period of mourning as millions of her subjects in the UK and abroad come to terms with her passing.

His coffin will be transported to London by royal train via Edinburgh before lying in state at Westminster Hall in the Houses of Parliament for four days. Hundreds of thousands of people will be able to pay homage to him.

The state funeral is due to take place at Westminster Abbey in central London on Monday, September 19, to be attended by his bereaved family as well as 2,000 heads of state, prime ministers and presidents, royals European Union and key figures in public life around the globe.

Statement: King Charles III issued this poignant statement in reaction to the death of his 'beloved mother' as he took the throne today

Statement: King Charles III issued this poignant statement in reaction to the death of his ‘beloved mother’ as he took the throne today

And as her son ascends to the throne, there will also be a celebration of her historic 70-year reign which saw her reach her platinum jubilee this year – a landmark unlikely to be reached again by a monarch. British.

Charles, who will reign as King Charles III, said today: “The death of my beloved mother, Her Majesty the Queen, is a time of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family.

“We deeply mourn the passing of a cherished sovereign and a much-loved mother. I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Kingdoms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people across the world.

“During this time of grief and change, my family and I will be comforted and supported by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which the Queen was so widely held.”

Tribute: The Queen's death was confirmed at 6.30pm on Thursday, with a Buckingham Palace spokesperson saying:

Tribute: The Queen’s death was confirmed at 6.30pm on Thursday, with a Buckingham Palace spokesperson saying: ‘The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon’ (pictured in June)

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