David Beckham has sent a message to the Royal Family and has admitted he is “devastated” by Queen Elizabeth II’s death. Her Majesty passed away at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on Thursday at the age of 96 following 70 years on the throne.
“I’m truly saddened by the death of Her Majesty, The Queen,” the ex-footballer wrote on Instagram. “What an outpouring of love and respect we saw for the Platinum Jubilee for her life of service.
“How devastated we all feel today shows what she has meant to people in this country and around the world. How much she inspired us with her leadership. How she comforted us when times were tough. Until her last days she served her country with dignity and grace. This year she would have known how loved she was. My thoughts and prayers are with our Royal Family.”
Beckham, who was made an OBE in 2003 and met the Queen on a string of occasions, hosted a special lunch for inspirational individuals earlier this year as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations. And the 47-year-old took the opportunity to reveal how he was left speechless the first time he met Her Majesty after she asked him how Victoria and the children were. “’How’s Victoria, how’s the kids?’ she said. I couldn’t even answer – it was an incredible moment.”
Beckham also took to Instagram earlier this summer to pay tribute to the Queen’s 70-year reign. And he shared photos of the monarch, including one of him meeting her, as he wrote: “Today, we celebrate our Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. 70 years of service and inspirational leadership of our country. Let’s come together and commemorate her remarkable reign with a great British party these next few days.”
News of the Queen’s deteriorating condition broke on Thursday morning. And Buckingham Palace confirmed in a statement later in the day that she had died. “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon,” read the statement. “The King and the Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”
Beckham is one of the most iconic figures in the history of British sport and won 115 caps for England. And his former club Manchester United also expressed their sorrow following the Queen’s death as they released a statement ahead of their Europa League clash with Real Sociedad on Thursday night.
“Manchester United shares the sorrow of the entire nation following the announcement from Buckingham Palace on the passing of Her Majesty, The Queen,” it read. “The club recognises her immense contribution to public life, including sport, both here in the United Kingdom, across the Commonwealth, and around the world. Everyone connected with Manchester United joins the wider football family in sending our deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathy to The Royal Family.”