Helen Mirren’s connection to the Queen makes her tribute even more devastating

Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated the Queen’s date of death. It’s September 8th, not August 8th.

Dame Helen Mirren has paid a touching tribute to Queen Elizabeth II following the death of the monarch on September 8. Buckingham Palace announced the Queen’s death in a statement published on the Royal Family’s official Twitter account. “The Queen died peacefully in Balmoral this afternoon,” the statement said. “The King and Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral tonight and return to London tomorrow.” The news sent shockwaves around the world as supporters rushed out to pay tribute to the political leader. President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden also mourned the Queen, calling her “a source of comfort and pride for generations.”

Now actress Helen Mirren – who received the honor of Madame in 2003 – has joined supporters in expressing their sadness. “I am proud to be an Elizabethan,” Mirren wrote on Instagram. “We mourn the loss of a woman who, with or without a crown, was the epitome of nobility.” Mirren has a strong connection to Elizabeth II as the actor portrayed the royal monarch in the film The Queen.

Mirren recently opened up about the role, which she described as a “nerve-wracking” experience. “It was pretty nerve-wracking because I didn’t know — no one knew how the public would take it, let alone the establishment in Britain,” Mirren told The Hollywood Reporter. And while Mirren couldn’t specifically confirm if the Queen had ever seen the film — which earned Mirren her first Oscar — the actress said she “feels like it’s been seen.”

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