Daniel Craig has paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II after she died ‘peacefully’ at Balmoral on September 8, aged 96.
The James Bond star, 54, who once joined Her Majesty as the spy for their 2012 Olympics sketch, said the Queen will be ‘profoundly missed.’
In a heartwarming statement to the PA news agency, the actor said: ‘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.
Heartfelt: Daniel Craig has paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II after she died ‘peacefully’ at Balmoral on September 8, aged 96 (pictured together in a skit for the 2012 London Olympics)
Daniel concluded: ‘She leaves an incomparable legacy and will be profoundly missed.’
The sketch he filmed with the Queen, in which he took on the role of James Bond, saw the pair leave Buckingham Palace in a helicopter for the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 London Games.
In the iconic moment, a stunt double leapt from the helicopter as if they were the monarch herself, who then dramatically appeared at her seat in the Olympic Stadium.
Tribute: ‘She leaves an incomparable legacy and will be profoundly missed,’ the actor said
Light-hearted: The sketch he filmed with the Queen, in which he took on the role of James Bond, saw the pair leave Buckingham Palace in a helicopter for the Opening Ceremony
Her son Charles, the former Prince of Wales, is now King Charles III, as the world grieves his mother, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.
All Her Majesty’s children had rushed to Balmoral today after doctors became ‘concerned’ for her health. Hours later she died, surrounded by her family.
At 6.30pm her death was confirmed. A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: ‘The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow’.
Greeting: Daniel met Queen Elizabeth II at the world premiere for Casino Royale in Leicester Square (pictured in November 2006)
The Queen’s death will see Britain and her Commonwealth realms enter into a ten-day period of mourning as millions of her subjects in the UK and abroad come to terms with her passing.
And as her son accedes to the throne, there will also be a celebration of her historic 70-year reign that saw her reach her Platinum Jubilee this year – a landmark unlikely to be reached again by a British monarch.
Charles, the King, said: ‘The death of my beloved mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family.
King Charles III released this poignant statement reacting to the death of his ‘beloved mother’ as he took the throne today
Her Majesty the Queen – Britain’s longest-reigning monarch – died peacefully at Balmoral aged 96. Her son Charles, is now king. He will remain at Balmoral tonight before returning to London with the Queen Consort, Camilla
‘We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished sovereign and a much-loved mother. I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.
‘During this period of mourning and change, my family and I will be comforted and sustained by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which the Queen was so widely held.’
Tributes are already pouring in for Her Majesty, to many the greatest Briton in history and undoubtedly the most famous woman on earth. To billions around the world she was the very face of Britishness.
The Queen poses for a photograph in the drawing room at Balmoral shortly before her meeting with Ms Truss, whom she appointed as her Prime Minister
To her subjects at home, Her Majesty was the nation’s anchor, holding firm no matter what storm she or her country was facing – from the uncertain aftermath of the Second World War to, more recently, the pandemic. She was also steadfast as she dealt with tragedies and scandals in her own family, most recently the fallout from Megxit and the death of her beloved husband Prince Philip.
Charles will embark on a tour of the UK before his mother’s funeral with his wife Camilla, who the Queen announced would be crowned her eldest son’s Queen Consort in an historic statement to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee and 70 years on the throne on February 6.
The Queen’s passing came more than a year after that of her beloved husband Philip, her ‘strength and guide’, who died aged 99 in April 2021.
Since his funeral, where she poignantly sat alone because of lockdown restrictions, her own health faltered, and she was forced to miss an increasing number of events mainly due to ‘mobility problems’ and tiredness.
It began when Princess Elizabeth was formally proclaimed Queen on February 8, 1952. She was crowned in Westminster Abbey (pictured) on June 2, 1953 – by coincidence the same day a joyous nation learned a Commonwealth team had conquered Mount Everest