David Beckham and Tyson Fury have paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II on the day of her state funeral.
Sport was once again brought to a standstill on Monday to pay respects to the UK’s monarch, as sports personalities and organizations shared their condolences.
Former England football captain Beckham remembered Her Majesty as an “incredible, inspirational and caring leader”.
Heavyweight boxing champion Fury said: “May he rest forever in heaven.”
Beckham, who? Queuing for 13 hours Seeing the Queen lying in state in Westminster Hall, she wrote on Instagram: “Our Queen is at home. Today we said our final goodbyes to Her Majesty the Queen.
“This week the world mourned the loss of a unique, inspiring and caring leader. People from all walks of life came together in their thousands to express their gratitude to our beloved Queen.
“Along with the awesome ceremony and tradition, we have seen a loving family deal with the grief of a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother with dignity and dedication.
“The legacy of service and devotion to duty will live on. Long live the king.”
Earlier on Monday, Fury posted a video online saying: “I have been off social media for the last 10 days in mourning for our queen who has passed away.
“I hope the funeral goes well, condolences to the whole family and may he rest in peace forever.”
The English Football League wrote on its Twitter page: “On the day of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral, the EFL and its clubs would like to join the nation in reflecting on the late Sovereign’s remarkable life of service to the country, and our thoughts are with the Royal Family.”
Meanwhile, Premier League side Southampton posted a photo of Queen presenting captain Peter Rodrigues with the FA Cup after they beat Manchester United in the 1976 final at Wembley, the last time she presented the trophy.
Horse racing, Her Majesty’s favorite sport, meetings were originally scheduled Leicester, Warwick, Hamilton Park and Wolverhampton on Monday, before the funeral date is confirmed.
The funeral at Westminster Abbey was attended by a number of notable sportsmen, including the Queen’s racing director John Warren, who on Saturday described his “remarkable ability to get so much pleasure out of any horse, whatever level that horse was able to achieve”. .
He said: “If we had done our best, with our best efforts to get the equivalent of a C grade from a D student, that in itself was huge. The horse had the last word and that’s what was fascinating to the Queen.”
Moments of silence have been observed at British sporting events over the weekend.
On Saturday, Premier League and Women’s Super League clubs honored the Queen as part of the competition it was back to weekend action for the first time since his death.