Several Manchester United players have shared tributes on social media following the news that Queen Elizabeth II had passed away on Thursday.
The Queen died, aged 96, at Balmoral Castle and that means Prince Charles immediately becomes King of the United Kingdom.
It goes without saying that the news was met with great sadness around the UK.
A statement from Buckingham Palace read: “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”
The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon.
The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/VfxpXro22W
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) September 8, 2022
The announcement came just before United’s Europa League opener against Real Sociedad at Old Trafford.
UEFA decided that the game would go ahead prior to kick-off, despite the strong likelihood that Premier League games will be postponed this weekend as the UK enters a period of mourning.
Erik ten Hag’s side suffered a disappointing 1-0 defeat.
After the game, United players took to social media to send their tributes to The Queen.
Rest in peace, Her Majesty The Queen. Thoughts are with the Royal Family at this sad time. pic.twitter.com/PuRFj7L4Oo
— Harry Maguire (@HarryMaguire93) September 8, 2022
Her Majesty The Queen.
Thoughts and prayers are with the Royal Family at this sad time.
Rest In Peace. 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/yqbPe42yEq
— Jadon Sancho (@Sanchooo10) September 8, 2022
Rest in peace, Queen Elizabeth II ❤️ pic.twitter.com/aqL1MPaWPF
— Marcus Rashford MBE (@MarcusRashford) September 8, 2022
Rest In Peace Her Majesty the Queen https://t.co/HUD9sBInpN
— Tom Heaton (@TomHeatonGK) September 8, 2022
David de Gea
— David de Gea (@D_DeGea) September 8, 2022
Old Trafford paid tribute to the Queen ahead of the match, too.
There was a minute’s silence held ahead of kick-off and all the players wore black armbands as a sign of respect. Moreover, the UEFA anthem was not played and the whole atmosphere was incredibly somber.
More news on postponed matches to follow.