Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie remember their grandmother, Queen Elizabeth – as a monarch and as “Grannie”.
“Our love Grannie,” the sisters said in a joint statement, which was shared on Princess Eugenie’s Instagram page on Saturday, two days before the Queen’s funeral on September 19. “We haven’t been able to put much into words since you left us all. There were tears and laughter, silence and conversation, hugs and loneliness, and a collective loss for you, our dear Queen and our dear Grannie.”
“We, like many, thought you would be here forever. And we all miss you,” they said.
“You were our matriarch, our guide, our loving hand on our back guiding us through this life. You taught us so much and we will cherish those lessons and memories forever,” the royal siblings continued. “Until now, Grandma, all we can say is thank you. Thank you for laughing with us, for including us, for picking heather and raspberries, for marching soldiers, for our teas, comfort, joy. , you will never know the impact you had on our family and so many people around the world.”
“The world is crying for you and the tributes would really make you smile. They are all too true about the great leader you are. We are so glad you are back with Grandpa. Goodbye dear Grannie, it was an honor it is our life. You are granddaughters and we are very proud of you,” said Beatrice, 34, and Eugenie, 32 years old. “We know that Uncle Charles, the King, will continue to lead by your example and himself having dedicated his life to your service. God save the King.”
They signed the message, “With our love, Beatrice and Eugenie.”
Along with their message, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie shared a sweet throwback photo of themselves with the Queen and a dog.
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Queen Elizabeth died on September 8 at the age of 96, and Buckingham Palace announced the sad news in an official statement at 6:30 pm local time that day.
“The Queen passed away peacefully in Balmoral this afternoon,” the palace said.
Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie’s mother, Sarah Ferguson, shared their own statement following Queen Elizabeth’s death. The Duchess of York, the ex-wife of the Queen’s son Prince Andrew, said she was “heartbroken”.
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“She leaves behind an extraordinary legacy: the greatest example of duty and service and steadfastness, and a constant and steadfast presence as our head of state for more than 70 years,” Fergie, as she is known, said in a statement which was posted on Twitter.
Noting that the Queen had “selflessly given her whole life to the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth,” she went on to pay tribute to their personal relationship.
“To me, she was the most incredible mother-in-law and friend. I will always be grateful for the generosity she showed me and staying close to me even after my divorce,” Fergie, 62, said. . “I will miss her more than words can express.”
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Princess Beatrice’s husband, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, also praised his grandmother after her death in an Instagram post.
“The last 24 hours have been extremely difficult to process,” he wrote. “She is an incredible woman and an extraordinary mark left on the world. She was the rock on which modern Britain was built.”
Edo, as he is known to friends, continued that he felt “lucky” that his children were able to spend time with the Queen this summer. He and Princess Beatrice welcomed their daughter Sienna Elizabeth last year, and he is also the father of a son from a previous relationship.
“We are very lucky that our children got to spend some wonderful time with her this summer,” he said, pointing out that the family visited the Queen at Balmoral Castle in Scotland.
Edo concluded the post, which contained several photos of Queen Elizabeth over the years, “The rest is Peace to Your Majesty. We miss you. Brokenhearted.”
John Shelley/Avalon/Getty Collection Princess Beatrice, The Queen Mother, Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth and Princess Eugenie
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Queen Elizabeth’s death comes more than a year after the death of her husband, Prince Philip, aged 99 in April 2021.
In her tribute to her “dearest Grandad” after his death, Eugenie shared personal memories of their time together.
“I remember learning how to cook, how to paint, what to read. I remember laughing at your jokes and asking about your life and your great service in the navy,” she wrote in part. “I remember burning the sausages as you swooped in to save the day. I remember your hands and your smile and your favorite beer.”
Princess Eugenie continued, “I will remember you in your children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.”