England football captain Harry Kane and boxing champion Anthony Joshua led the sporting tributes to Queen Elizabeth II after Britain’s longest-serving monarch died aged 96.
The Queen reigned for 70 years after ascending the throne in 1952.
After her death, her eldest son Charles, the former Prince of Wales, will lead the country in mourning as the new king.
A statement from Buckingham Palace said: “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon.
“The King and Queen will remain at Balmoral tonight and return to London tomorrow.”
The sporting world has started to pay tribute to the Queen, with England and Tottenham striker Kane calling Her Majesty an “amazing inspiration”.
Queen Elizabeth II dead: key details
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has died after 70 years on the throne, her death was announced by Buckingham Palace on September 8, 2022.
She died aged 96 at her home in Balmoral surrounded by her family, including her son and heir apparent Charles, the Prince of Wales, and her grandsons, the Duke of Cambridge Prince William and the Duke of Sussex Prince Harry .
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Former England footballer Gary Lineker added: “Such a terribly sad day. Her Majesty the Queen has died.
“A truly remarkable woman who has served her country with dignity, loyalty and grace. A comfort that is always present in the lives of most of us. Rest in Peace, Your Majesty.”
Brazilian football legend Pele, meanwhile, said: “I’ve been a huge admirer of Queen Elizabeth II since I first saw her in person in 1968 when she came to Brazil to experience our love of football and experience the magic of a packed.” Maracanã. Your actions have shaped generations. That legacy will live forever.”
Manchester United play Real Sociedad in the Europa League on Thursday night and confirmed there will be a minute’s silence before the game at Old Trafford.
A statement from the Premier League club said: “Manchester United shares the sadness of the entire nation following Buckingham Palace’s announcement of the death of Her Majesty The Queen.
“The club recognizes their immense contribution to community life, including sport, both here in the UK and throughout the Commonwealth and around the world.
“Everyone associated with Manchester United joins the entire football family in sending our deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathy to the royal family.
“Upon instructions from the FA and UEFA, tonight’s UEFA Europa League game against Real Sociedad will take place at Old Trafford as scheduled.
“A minute’s silence will be observed before kick-off to allow the teams, match officials and everyone present to pay their respects to Her Majesty The Queen.
“Both teams will wear black armbands and the Old Trafford flags will be flown at half-staff as a sign of our utmost respect.”
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