Sarah Ferguson Leads Tributes to Queen Elizabeth II on Her 98th Posthumous Birthday

Queen Elizabeth II's 98th birthday tributes from Sarah Ferguson and others reflect her lasting legacy and the deep affection she commanded. The royal family will privately commemorate the day, as King Charles III continues cancer treatment.

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Sarah Ferguson Leads Tributes to Queen Elizabeth II on Her 98th Posthumous Birthday

Sarah Ferguson Leads Tributes to Queen Elizabeth II on Her 98th Posthumous Birthday

On April 21, 2024, Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, led tributes to the late Queen Elizabeth II on what would have been the monarch's 98th birthday. Ferguson shared a message on social media platform X (formerly Twitter), expressing appreciation for the Queen's guidance and describing her as a "cherished companion" who is "deeply missed." The tribute was accompanied by a charming photograph of the late monarch at her Platinum Jubilee celebrations in 2022.

However, Ferguson made a minor error in her post, stating that it would have been the Queen's 97th birthday instead of her 98th. The Duchess of York has had a challenging connection with the British Royal family, but she has recently made a public return, joining King Charles III and Queen Camilla at the Christmas Day church service in 2022. "Thank you for your teachings, leadership, and for being a steadfast leader and dear friend," Ferguson wrote in her tribute, "You are sorely missed."

Many other organizations also honored the late Queen on her birthday. Westminster Abbey, the location of Elizabeth's coronation and funeral, marked the day on their official Instagram account. Ascot Racecourse, where the Queen was an enthusiastic equestrian, commemorated her posthumous birthday by posting a video of her horse's triumph in the 2013 Gold Cup.

Why this matters: The tributes to Queen Elizabeth II on her second posthumous birthday reflect the lasting influence and legacy of Britain's longest-reigning monarch. Her passing in September 2022 marked the end of an era, and the continued remembrance on significant dates demonstrates the deep affection and respect she commanded from the public and those who knew her personally.

King Charles III and Queen Camilla were seen exiting church in Scotland on April 21, the late Queen's birthday. Former royal butler Grant Harrold shared insights into how the royal family will commemorate the day, noting that there will be private toasts, tributes, and reflections in honor of the Queen. Flowers may also be sent to the Queen's royal grave. This was one of the King's more public appearances since announcing his cancer diagnosis in February, which he has been undergoing regular treatments for.

Key Takeaways

  • Sarah Ferguson led tributes to Queen Elizabeth II on her 98th birthday.
  • Ferguson made a minor error, stating it was the Queen's 97th birthday.
  • Other organizations, like Westminster Abbey and Ascot Racecourse, also honored the Queen.
  • Tributes reflect the Queen's lasting influence and legacy as Britain's longest-reigning monarch.
  • King Charles III and Queen Camilla were seen attending church on the Queen's birthday.