Queen Elizabeth II died today at Balmoral Castle, his estate in Scotland, after a reign of 70 years. His family gathered by his side after doctors announced they were ‘concerned’ about his health. She was 96 years old.
As the head of the royal family with a decades-long tenure in power, Elizabeth was a ubiquitous figure in popular culture. In addition to the many portrayals of her on television and in film, she was the inspiration for the Smiths. The queen is dead, “God Save the Queen” by the Sex Pistols, “Elizabeth My Dear” by the Stone Roses and so much music. Her death sparked countless reactions on social media, including from the musicians she knighted.
Sir Paul McCartney job a photo of the young royal with the caption “God bless Queen Elizabeth II. May she rest in peace. Long live the king.” Beatles bandmate Sir Ringo Starr share a more recent photograph with the caption “God bless Queen Elizabeth peace and love to all the family peace and love Ringo”, followed by a series of upbeat emojis.
“Throughout my life, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has always been there,” wrote Sir Mick Jagger. “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 have also expressed their sympathy to the royal family.
“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 John said in a statement. “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.
“We would like to send our deepest condolences to the Royal Family on the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II; a strong and powerful woman whose seventy-year reign was served with integrity, dignity, grace and compassion,” Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon shared in a statement.
“I mourn with my country the passing of our greatest queen”, Ozzy Osbourne wrote. “With a heavy heart I say it devastates the thought of England without Queen Elizabeth II.” Liam Gallagher wrote, simply: “Eviscerated”. Patti Smith, Janet Jackson, Harry Styles, Stevie Nicks, Liz PhairJenny Lewis, Nicki Minaj, Dionne Warwick, Maren Morris, and many more have posted tributes. The Mercury Prize, which is to be awarded tonight, was postponed. Kanye West shared a photo of the late monarch on Instagram, writing, “Life is precious. Release all grudges today. Leaning towards the light.
This article was first published Thursday, August 8 at 3:01 p.m. EST. It was last updated Friday, September 9 at 8:13 a.m. EST.