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Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie have shared a moving tribute to the Queen.
In a note to ‘our dearest grandmother’, the sisters, aged 34 and 32 respectively, thanked the monarch for her warmth and kindness, adding that she would like the beautiful tributes paid to her across the UK and beyond.
She died at her Scottish home, Balmoral, on September 8 at the age of 96.
The shared statement read, “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.
“We, like many, thought you would be here forever. 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. 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 so many people around the world.
“The world mourns you and the tributes would really make you smile. They are only too true of the remarkable leader that you are. We’re so glad you’re back with grandpa. Goodbye my grandmother, it was the honor of our life 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 as he too has dedicated his life to service.”
The sisters, daughters of the Queen’s third child, Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, completed the emotional note with ‘God save the King’. With our love, Béatrice and Eugenie.
The sisters were close to their grandparents and luckily they were both able to wed in the presence of the Queen and Prince Philip. Princess Eugenie married Jack Brooksbank in a televised ceremony at St George’s Chapel, Windsor in October 2018.
Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi got married during the Lockdown Say I Do in July 2020 at the Royal Chapel of All Saints, Royal Lodge in Windsor. Due to its proximity to Windsor Castle and coronavirus wedding guidelines at the time, the late Queen and her late husband were there to witness the happy day. As a special touch, the bride wore a dress on loan from the Queen and the exact tiara from her 1947 wedding.