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The Queen dies: Kyle Sandilands says he feels like a family member has died

A devastated Kyle Sandilands (pictured) paid his respects to Queen Elizabeth II on Friday morning, after waking up to find Her Majesty had died aged 96

A devastated Kyle Sandilands paid his respects to Queen Elizabeth II on Friday morning, after waking up to find Her Majesty had died aged 96.

Radio host KIIS FM, a proud royalist and longtime supporter of the Queen, said the loss felt like a death in the family.

“I feel like a family member passed away,” he told his co-host Jackie ‘O’ Henderson, who broke down in tears several times during the show.

A devastated Kyle Sandilands (pictured) paid his respects to Queen Elizabeth II on Friday morning, after waking up to find Her Majesty had died aged 96

A devastated Kyle Sandilands (pictured) paid his respects to Queen Elizabeth II on Friday morning, after waking up to find Her Majesty had died aged 96

“I know some people will be like, ‘Oh, get back on your feet,’ but no, I loved him. I waved flags on the side of the road as she passed.

‘It’s a sad day. Many people will feel this pain a lot.

Sandilands had previously said in February that he was a supporter of the Queen, but was less enthusiastic about other members of the royal family.

He suggested at the time that he would withdraw his support for the monarchy after the Queen’s death.

‘I feel like a family member has died,’ told her co-presenter Jackie ‘O’ Henderson (pictured), who broke down in tears several times during the show.

However, he said on Friday he had warmed to the idea of ​​King Charles III and would continue to support the monarchy in Australia.

Australia has joined much of the world in mourning Queen Elizabeth II as her death prompts the first change of head of state in more than seven decades.

A statement from Buckingham Palace on Friday morning (AEST) confirmed the death of the 96-year-old.

“The Queen passed away peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon,” Buckingham Palace said.

“The King and Queen Consort will stay at Balmoral tonight and return to London tomorrow.”

Australia has joined much of the world in mourning Queen Elizabeth II as her death prompts the first change of head of state in more than seven decades.  She is pictured receiving flowers from school children waving flags after a Commonwealth Day service in Sydney in March 2006

Australia has joined much of the world in mourning Queen Elizabeth II as her death prompts the first change of head of state in more than seven decades. She is pictured receiving flowers from school children waving flags after a Commonwealth Day service in Sydney in March 2006

Flags will fly at half mast across Australia on Friday as the nation waits to hear how the official mourning process will unfold.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has paid tribute to the Queen, who is succeeded by her son King Charles III in a move that should revive the Republican debate in Australia.

“A historic reign and a long life of duty, family, faith and service have come to an end,” Mr. Albanese said in a statement.

“The Government and people of Australia send their deepest condolences to the Royal Family, who mourn a beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother – the person who for so long was their greatest inner strength. .”

Mr Albanese said that ‘from his famous maiden voyage to Australia, the only reigning sovereign to ever visit, it was clear that Her Majesty held a special place in her heart for Australia’.

“Fifteen more tours before cheering crowds in every part of our country confirmed the special place she held in ours.”

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese offered his condolences to the Royal Family, the British people and all of his own citizens who held Her Majesty in high esteem.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese offered his condolences to the Royal Family, the British people and all of his own citizens who held Her Majesty in high esteem.

He praised the Queen’s relationship with Australia and the rest of the world.

“As monarch for more than half the life of our Federation, the relationship between Australia and Britain has matured and evolved throughout Her Majesty’s reign,” he said.

“The Queen has greeted each change with understanding, good grace and an unwavering faith in the good judgment of the Australian people.

“It was the skillful and diplomatic way in which she linked the diversity of the modern Commonwealth, nations around the world who will mourn her passing.

“This period of mourning will pass, but the deep respect and warm consideration in which Australians have always held Her Majesty will never fade.”

The Queen first visited Australia with Prince Philip in 1954, arriving on the SS Gothic which entered Sydney Harbor after nearly six weeks at sea. She is pictured with Prince Philip in Parliament at Canberra on this tour

The Queen first visited Australia with Prince Philip in 1954, arriving on the SS Gothic which entered Sydney Harbor after nearly six weeks at sea. She is pictured with Prince Philip in Parliament at Canberra on this tour

The Queen visited Australia in 1954, 1963, 1970, 1973, 1974, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1986, 1988, 1992, 2000, 2002, 2006 and 2011 - her last time on these shores.  She is pictured in 1981

The Queen visited Australia in 1954, 1963, 1970, 1973, 1974, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1986, 1988, 1992, 2000, 2002, 2006 and 2011 – her last time on these shores. She is pictured in 1981

Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was Queen of the United Kingdom and 14 Commonwealth realms, including Australia, since her reign began in February 1952.

Governor General David Hurley said Australians should take inspiration from the Queen’s contribution.

“He was a truly remarkable person,” he said in a statement.

The Queen's last visit to Australia was in 2011 when then Labor Prime Minister Julia Gillard described her as

The Queen’s last visit to Australia was in 2011 when then Labor Prime Minister Julia Gillard described her as “a vital constitutional element of Australian democracy”. She is pictured in Perth during this trip

“When I reflect on my own memories – she has been my queen all my life – I think of Her Majesty’s dignity and compassion. His dedication and tireless work ethic. And her selflessness and unwavering commitment to the people she served. Ours.’

Federal Opposition Leader Peter Dutton was grateful for the Queen’s dedicated service.

‘Today a comforting warmth left the world. One of humanity’s brightest lights has gone out,” he said.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s full tribute to Queen Elizabeth II

With the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, a historic reign and a long life of duty, family, faith and service came to an end.

The government and people of Australia send their deepest condolences to the Royal Family, who mourn a beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, the person who for so long was their greatest inner strength.

Australian hearts go out to the people of the United Kingdom who mourn today, knowing they will feel they have lost some of what holds their nation together.

There is comfort in Her Majesty’s own words: “Grief is the price we pay for love.

It is a loss we all feel, as few have known a world without Queen Elizabeth II. During her remarkable seven decades on the throne, Her Majesty has been a rare and reassuring constant amid rapid change. Through the noise and tumult of the years, she embodied and exhibited a timeless modesty and an enduring calm.

From the moment the young Princess became Queen, shouldering the mighty weight of the institution into which she was born, Her Majesty has made devotion to duty and service above self the hallmark of her reign.

She celebrated our good times, she was with us through the bad times. Happy and glorious but unwavering too. In particular, we remember the sympathy and personal kindness she showed to Australians bereaved by tragedy and disaster.

Throughout, she was a monarch who let her humanity shine through, performing her duty with fidelity, integrity and humor. In this she was supported so long and so lovingly by the late Prince Philip, her “strength and stability” for 73 years.

From her famous first trip to Australia, the only reigning sovereign to ever visit, it was clear that Her Majesty held a special place in her heart for Australia.

Fifteen more tours to cheering crowds in every region of our country confirmed her special place in ours.

As Monarch for more than half of the life of our Federation, the relationship between Australia and Britain has matured and evolved throughout Her Majesty’s reign.

The Queen has greeted each change with understanding, good grace and an unwavering faith in the good judgment of the Australian people.

It was the skillful and diplomatic way in which she bound together the diversity of the modern Commonwealth, the nations around the world who will mourn her passing.

Today marks the end of an era, the end of the second Elizabethan age. This period of mourning will pass, but the deep respect and warm consideration in which Australians have always held Her Majesty will never fade.

May she rest in eternal peace.

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