Simon Cowell pays tribute Queen Elizabeth II for 'tradition and progression'

Simon Cowell has hailed Queen Elizabeth II as a monarch who balanced ‘great leadership, tradition and progression’ throughout her historic 70-year reign.

The 62-year-old music mogul behind the likes of The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent admitted he is ‘incredibly sad’ as he paid tribute to the Queen following her sad death on Thursday aged 96.

In a statement shared on Instagram, he said: ‘I’m incredibly sad to hear of the passing of the Queen. With incredible strength she was someone who loved her country and was able to lead with so much love.

‘I feel very lucky that in my lifetime we have had a Monarch who managed to balance great leadership, tradition and progression.

‘I would like to send my respects to her family during this time.’

Buckingham Palace confirmed that her majesty died on Thursday at Balmoral with her loved ones, the royal family, at her bedside, while news of her death came after it was announced at lunchtime that she was under medical supervision and ‘comfortable’.

Queen Elizabeth II dead: What happens next?

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has died after 70 years on the throne, with her death announced by Buckingham Palace on September 8, 2022.

She died at the age of 96 at her home in Balmoral, with her son, the now King Charles, and daughter Princess Anne by her side.

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Celebrities from across the globe have paid tribute to the Queen and praised her impressive seven-decade tenure on the throne, with Sir Elton John describing the Queen as an ‘inspiring presence’ and said he would ‘miss her dearly’.

‘Along with the rest of the nation, I am deeply saddened to hear the news of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s passing,’ he wrote.

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‘She was an inspiring presence to be around, and lead the country through some of our greatest, and darkest, moments with grace, decency and a genuine caring warmth.

‘Queen Elizabeth has been a huge part of my life from childhood to this day, and I will miss her dearly.’

Stephen Fry tweeted: ‘Oh dear. Oh my. Oh heavens. Bless my soul. Oh lor. Heck.’

Daniel Craig also paid tribute and remarked that the Queen leaves ‘an incomparable legacy and will be profoundly missed’.

The James Bond star – who appeared in a sketch with Her Majesty as part of the opening ceremony for the London 2012 Olympic Games – added: ‘I, like so many, was deeply saddened by the news today and my thoughts are with the royal family, those she loved, and all those who loved her.’

And Late Late Show host James Corden used his monologue on Thursday night to the Queen, whom he described as a ‘guiding light’.

He said: ‘She represented good in this world, living a life of honour, a life dedicated to service, dedicated to bettering the life of others. And it’s always felt as if she was there for all of us, for 70 years she never wavered. She was never political.

‘It was never for her about her own PR, and maybe that’s why she was as beloved and respected by a president as she was by the guy who lives down the street, and she would treat both of them equally too.

Queen Elizabeth II dead: What happens next?

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has died after 70 years on the throne, with her death announced by Buckingham Palace on September 8, 2022.

She died at the age of 96 at her home in Balmoral, with her son, the now King Charles, and daughter Princess Anne by her side.

  • What happens next following the death of the Queen
  • Will there be a bank holiday to mourn the Queen?
  • Britain officially enters period of mourning after death of Queen
  • Charles to formally become King in historic ceremony
  • Sign the book of condolence to Her Majesty

Follow Metro.co.uk’s live blog for the latest updates.

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