Queen Elizabeth’s death: How athletes and sports teams reacted

Sports stars and athletic organizations are among those mourning the loss of Queen Elizabeth II, who died Thursday at the age of 96.

Here are the reactions to the death of the queen of the sports world:

formula 1

  • Opinion of McLaren F1: “The McLaren Racing team mourns the sad passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II while remembering her incredible reign. Our thoughts are with the Royal Family and people around the world at this terribly sad time.
  • Opinion of Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1: “We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, an inspirational figure who devoted her life to public service with integrity and quiet leadership for 70 years. The impact she is having in the UK and around the world will be felt for generations to come.”
  • Statement by Christian Horner from Oracle Red Bull Racing: “I have had the honor of meeting Her Majesty on several occasions and she will be remembered by the country and community she served for more than 70 years, devoting herself with unreserved dignity and dedication.”


  • Statement from Premier League: “The Premier League is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Our thoughts and condolences are with the Royal Family and everyone around the world who is grieving the loss of Her Majesty.
  • Opinion of Chelsea Football Club: “We join the mourners in the UK and around the world. We would like to send our condolences to the Royal Family and everyone affected by this very sad news.
  • Opinion of skin: “I have been a great admirer of Queen Elizabeth II since the first time I saw her in person in 1968, when she came to Brazil to witness our love for football and experience the magic of a packed Maracana. Her deeds have marked generations. This legacy will last forever.”

American football

NFL Insider’s Ian Rapoport tweeted Thursday that the NFL will open its season opener with a moment of silence in honor of Queen Elizabeth II.

  • Statement from Pro Football Hall of Fame: “We join the world in sending our condolences to the Royal Family on the death of Queen Elizabeth II. On her first visit to the United States as queen in 1957, she experienced ‘American football’ for the first time at a game between (University of Maryland) and (University of North Carolina.)”
  • Statement by Woody Johnson, Chairman of the New York Jets and former US Ambassador to the United Kingdom: “Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was the embodiment of dignity and grace, serving longer than any monarch in British history. I had the honor and privilege of meeting her and spending time with her that I will cherish forever.”


  • Opinion of England Rugby: “On behalf of the rugby union community in England, all of us at the Rugby Football Union are very saddened to learn of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and offer our condolences to the entire Royal Family at this time.”
  • Statement from Kentucky Derby: “Today we celebrate the life of Queen Elizabeth II and her love of horse racing. Her 2007 visit to the Kentucky Derby is one of our most treasured (Derby) memories.”

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