Whoopi Goldberg recalls her touching first meeting with the Queen

After a historic 70-year reign, Queen Elizabeth died at the age of 96. This June, the monarch celebrated her platinum anniversary, an unprecedented milestone for her home country. Years earlier, she surpassed Queen Victoria as the longest-reigning monarch in British history, per PBS. Her loss spawned a spate of tributes from both political figures like Barack Obama and celebrities like Helen Mirren.

One of those icons who spoke about the Queen’s tragic death was comedian and actress Whoopi Goldberg. The View host recalled meeting Queen Elizabeth II at The Royal Variety Performance in 2009 on Twitter and revealed she was “impressed” when she met her. “When she approached me, all I could think about was WTH? I’m an American kid from the projects and in the company of the Queen of England,” she explained. Then she wished King Charles III. all the best, adding, “God bless the king.”

After the death of the queen, her son took over the role of king. Following his mother’s tradition of keeping her own name, he is now King Charles III. of England, while his son William will assume his former title of Prince of Wales. In an official statement, King Charles III. the death of his mother with a heartfelt tribute: “My family and I are comforted and strengthened by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection so widely extended by the Queen,” he wrote in a letter published on the was posted on the royal family’s official Twitter.

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