Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice publish a solemn tribute to their grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II


For his millions subjects across the UK, Queen Elizabeth II existed in thin air. To her granddaughters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, however – who jointly praised Late Royal Saturday in an Instagram post – she was simply ‘Grannie’.

“Our very dear grandmother,” began the statement on Princess Eugenie’s Instagram page. “We haven’t been able to put in many words since you all left us. There have been tears and laughter, silences and chatter, hugs and loneliness, and a collective loss for you, our beloved Queen and our beloved Grandmother.

They then expressed their gratitude for all the lessons she had taught them and stressed that they had memories with her that they would cherish for the rest of their lives.

“We, like many, thought you would be here forever,” they continued. “And we all miss you terribly. You were our matriarch, our guide, our loving hand on our back leading us through this world. You have taught us so much and we will cherish those lessons and memories forever.

“For now, dear grandma, all we want to say is thank you,” her granddaughters wrote. “Thank you for making us laugh, for including us, for picking heather and raspberries, for parading soldiers, for our teas, for comfort, for joy.”

“You, being you, will never know the impact you have had on our family and on so many people around the world,” they continued. “The world mourns you and the tributes would really make you smile. They are only too true of the remarkable leader that you are.

Both royals are certainly right, as the likes of former President Barack Obama, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pop legend Elton John and Harry Styles have all publicly shared their condolences.

Arguably the most endearing tribute, however, is the countless grieving Britons who spend hours and often days queuing for miles to personally pay their respects to the Queen at Westminster Hall. Even celebrities from David Beckham to Tilda Swinton have been spotted.

“We are so happy to have you back with Grandpa,” the princesses wrote. “Goodbye dear grandmother, it has been the honor of our lives to have been your granddaughters and we are very proud of you. We know that dear Uncle Charles, the King, will continue to set your example for he also dedicated his life to service.


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