Queen Elizabeth dies: Devastated Sarah Ferguson pays tribute to ‘mother-in-law and friend’

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Sarah Ferguson has opened up about her heartbreak at the Queen’s passing, saying she has left an “extraordinary legacy”.

Hours after the sad news of the monarch’s death, the former wife of Prince Andrew took to Instagram to share her feelings.

“I am devastated by the passing of Her Majesty The Queen,” she wrote alongside a picture of the Queen on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

“She leaves behind an extraordinary legacy: the most amazing example of duty and service and steadfastness and a constant steadfast presence as our head of state for more than 70 years.

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“She has given her whole life selflessly to the people of Great Britain and the Commonwealth.

“To me, she was the most incredible mother-in-law and friend. I will always be grateful to her for the generosity she showed me in staying close to me even after my divorce. I will miss her more than words can express.”

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The Duchess of York, 62, flew back to Britain from Venice, where she was attending the Venice Film Festival, to be by her family’s side when news broke that the Queen’s health had taken a turn for the worse.

VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 07: Sarah Ferguson attends "The son" red carpet at the 79th Venice International Film Festival on September 7, 2022 in Venice, Italy.  (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Camera iconSarah Ferguson left Venice for Balmoral after attending the Venice International Film Festival. Credit: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

The Prince of Wales was at Balmoral after traveling by helicopter, as was his sister Princess Anne, who was in Scotland on official engagements.

The Queen’s youngest sons, Princes Andrew and Edward, his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Prince William all flew from London to be at the Queen’s bedside.

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In a podcast last year, Sarah described her close relationship with the Queen.

“I think to myself that my mother-in-law has honestly been more of a mother to me than my mother. (She) has never wavered.”

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