Sport pauses, pays tribute to late Queen Elizabeth II to mark state funeral

Tributes have been paid from the world of sport to The Queen on the day of her state funeral.

Sport came to a standstill across the United Kingdom on Monday as Britons paid their final respects to The Queen, and organisations and individuals posted messages of condolence.

Britain’s longest-serving monarch was laid to rest Monday night, 11 days after she died at Balmoral Castle at age 96. In all, the funeral was attended by around 2,000 guests.

The English Football League wrote on its Twitter page: “On the day of the funeral for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 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.”

Former England captain David Beckham remembered a “unique, inspirational and caring leader.”

Beckham had queued for 13 hours last week to see the late monarch lying in state at Westminster Hall.

After The Queen was laid to rest at St George’s Chapel in Windsor on Monday afternoon, the former Manchester United, Real Madrid and Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder posted his own tribute on Instagram.

“Our Queen is home. Today we said a final farewell to Her Majesty The Queen. This week the world has mourned the loss of a unique, inspirational and caring leader,” Beckham said.

“People from all walks of life came together in their thousands to show gratitude for our beloved Queen. Alongside the incredible ceremony and tradition we have watched a loving family grieve for a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother with dignity and dedication.

The manager of the Northern Ireland men’s national football team Ian Baraclough and his assistant Jimmy Nicholl also paused for a moment of reflection at Windsor Park in Belfast on Monday morning.

Southampton were among many Premier League football teams paying tribute, and posted a photo of The Queen presenting the FA Cup trophy to their captain Peter Rodrigues after the 1976 final at Wembley.

Top-flight football resumed over the weekend, with teams honouring the late monarch through moments of silence, specially-designed programmes and other tributes.

Heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury posted a video online, in which he said: “I’ve been off social media for the last 10 days mourning in respect for our Queen who’s died.

“I hope the funeral goes well, condolences to the full family and may she rest in heaven for eternity.”

Racing, The Queen’s favourite sport, originally had meetings scheduled at Leicester, Warwick, Hamilton Park and Wolverhampton but they were cancelled after the funeral date was announced.

A number of figures from that sport were in attendance at the funeral at Westminster Abbey, including The Queen’s racing manager John Warren, who on Saturday described The Queen’s “remarkable ability to get so much pleasure out of any horse, no matter what level that horse was able to achieve.”

The Queen was patron of numerous sporting institutions including the Football Association, British Olympic Association, the MCC and the Commonwealth Games Federation.

In 2012, she famously showcased her acting talent alongside Daniel Craig in a James Bond video for the Olympic opening ceremony in London. – Sky Sports

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