Prince William Shares Touching Tribute to His "Grannie" the "Extraordinary Queen"

Prince William Shares Touching Tribute to His “Grannie” the “Extraordinary Queen”

The royal family is paying tribute to Queen Elizabeth II in the wake of her death, and her grandson William, the Prince of Wales, is among the first to speak out about his late grandmother’s legacy. On Sept. 10, the prince issued a moving statement about the impact the queen had not only on her country, but on his life.

“I knew this day would come, but it will be some time before the reality of life without Grannie will truly feel real,” he wrote in part in a message posted across the official Prince and Princess of Wales’s social media accounts. Prince William was with the queen in Balmoral at the time of her death.

The new king — the queen’s eldest son — took the lead in paying tribute to the queen. On Sept. 8, Buckingham Palace confirmed via a statement on its website that “the queen died peacefully at Balmoral,” just a few short hours after reports noted her family rushed to be by her side. The Queen’s death followed worries about her health, which were announced in a separate, earlier statement from the Palace that said “the queen’s doctors were concerned” for her.

Shortly after the queen’s death, her son, Charles, who has now acceded the throne as King Charles III, issued a statement via the Royal Family’s Instagram to pay tribute to the late monarch. “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,” it read. “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.”

The following day, Sept. 9, Charles gave a televised address to UK citizens — his first as King — speaking not only of his mother’s legacy, but also about the future of the country. He then attended a service of thanksgiving for Queen Elizabeth II at London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral. During his speech, King Charles spoke about his mother’s “profound personal commitment” to her country, highlighting her “sacrifices” and “devotion.” He concluded his message, “Darling mama, as you begin your last great journey, to join my dear late papa, I want simply to say this: Thank you, thank you for your love and devotion to our family and to the family of nations you have served so diligently all of these years. May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.”

During her 70-years-long rule, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch achieved many milestones. Her legacy began when she was appointed to the throne in 1952 at 25 years old following the death of her father, King George VI. In her day, the queen was head of the Commonwealth, which currently includes over 50 countries, and celebrated her achievements with her Silver, Golden, Diamond, Sapphire, and Platinum Jubilees.

Tributes for the queen have poured in from Britain and celebrities all over. Read ahead to see how the royal family is mourning their loss.