Still family. Sarah FergusonDuchess of York, paid tribute to her former mother-in-law, Queen Elizabeth II, following her passing at the age of 96 on Thursday 8 September.
“I am heartbroken by the passing of Her Majesty the Queen,” Ferguson, 62, wrote via Twitter Thursday. “She leaves an extraordinary legacy – the most fantastic example of duty, service and consistency, and a constant presence as our head of state for more than 60 years.”
Fergie, who called the queen “the most incredible mother-in-law and friend,” noted that the queen had given “her whole life selflessly to the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth” over the years.
“I will always be grateful to him for the generosity he showed me by staying close to me even after my divorce,” she shared. “I will miss her more than words can express.”
The Young Victoria star married the monarch’s son Prince Andrew, Duke of York, in July 1986 at Westminster Abbey. After six years of marriage, the two announced their separation and divorced four years later. The couple, who remain on friendly terms, share daughters. princess beatrice34, and princess eugenie32.
While Ferguson notoriously had a rocky relationship with Elizabeth’s late husband prince philipshe has expressed her love for the queen over the years.
In 2021, the Weight Watchers spokeswoman appeared on an episode of the “Tea with Twiggy” podcast and referred to Elizabeth as her “best mentor” and the “person who believes the most” in her, revealing that the royal matriarch was “more of a mother to me than my own mother.”
He added: “I absolutely admire the incredible way Her Majesty is so modern…and how flexible, understanding, forgiving and generous.”
The Duke of York was one of many members of the royal family who flew to Balmoral, Scotland, before the announcement of Queen Elizabeth’s death. Andrew, 62, prince william Y prince edward everyone together king charles Y duchess camilla at the estate to be by the sovereign’s side after the news broke that he was “under medical supervision.”
prince harryfor his part, he was still on his way to join the rest of the royals when the longest-reigning British monarch passed away.
“The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement on Thursday. “The King and Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral tonight and return to London tomorrow.”
Following her death, 73-year-old Prince Charles, who assumed the throne after the death of his mother, paid tribute to Her Majesty.
“The death of my beloved mother, Her Majesty the Queen, is a moment of deepest sadness for me and all members of my family,” he wrote. “We deeply regret the death of a dear Sovereign and a very dear Mother. I know the loss of him will be deeply felt throughout the Country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.”