Queen Elizabeth II Dies: Rockers React

After the death of Queen Elizabeth II at the age of 96, many rock musicians – including Ozzy Osbourne, Mick Jagger and Elton John – expressed their condolences on social media.

The Royal family announced Thursday, when Elizabeth, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch of more than 70 years, died peacefully at Balmoral Castle, her estate in Scotland. Her son will now officially be known as King Charles III.

“Sad to hear of the Queen’s death” Black Sabbath‘s Geezer Butler tweeted. “I remember the street celebrations when she was crowned Queen. Always part of growing up in England. GSTQ – RIP”

Osbourne, his former bandmate, also expressed his grief on Twitter, writing: “I mourn with my country the passing of our greatest Queen. With a heavy heart I say the thought of England without Queen Elizabeth II is devastating.”

That The Rolling Stones extended their “deepest sympathy to the Royal Family” and called the Queen “a constant presence in their lives as in countless others.” In his message, Jagger reflected on the Queen’s constant presence: “All my life, Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, has always been there. In my childhood, I remember watching her wedding highlights on TV. I remember her as a beautiful young lady, to the nation’s much-loved grandmother. My deepest sympathies are with the Royal Family.”

John took a similar tone, writing: “Along with the rest of the nation, I am deeply saddened to hear the news of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s passing. She was an inspiring presence to be around and led the country through some of our greatest, and darkest , moments of grace, decency and a genuine caring warmth. Queen Elizabeth has been a huge part of my life from childhood to this day and I will miss her dearly.”

You can read these messages and others below.

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