Lewis Hamilton pens touching tribute to ‘iconic’ Queen and shares memories of meeting her

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LEWIS HAMILTON has posted a tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II after her death was confirmed last night.

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Lewis Hamilton has described The Queen as “a symbol of hope” and an “inspiration” in an emotional tribute after her death. Hamilton also opened up on the “incredible honour” of meeting the sovereign and shared details of private talks between the pair. 

He also praised The Queen for being “generous with her time” and admitted meeting her was something he would “never forget”. In an Instagram statement, he posted: “How do you find the words to describe the loss of Her Majesty The Queen? She was truly an iconic leader, an inspiration and a reassuring presence for most, if not all, of our lives.

“Since the sad news yesterday, I’ve been reflecting on her incredible life. She was a symbol of hope for so many and she served her country with dignity, dedication and kindness. She was truly like no other and I’m grateful to have lived during her time. Her legacy will be long-lasting and her passing deeply felt.

“I had the incredible honour of being able to spend time with her. It is something I’ll never forget. 

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Lewis Hamilton pens touching tribute to 'iconic' Queen and shares memories of meeting her

Lewis Hamilton has posted an emotional tribute to The Queen (Image: Getty)

“We talked about our shared love of dogs and she was incredibly generous with her time. I know the whole nation and many others around the world will be mourning her loss and my thoughts and prayers are with her family and all those close to her, who have lost a loved one. Rest in Peace.”

Hamilton expressed he was “concerned” about the Queen’s health in Thursday’s Formula One pre-race press conference in Monza, Italy. On Thursday, he described the monarch as a “strong leader” and admitted he hoped for “better news”. 

Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate George Russell also penned his own tribute to The Queen on Thursday night.

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Lewis Hamilton pens touching tribute to 'iconic' Queen and shares memories of meeting her

Lewis Hamilton met The Queen on several occasions (Image: PA)

He wrote on Twitter:  “I’m so sad to hear about the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Her devotion to our country and her gracious leadership was inspirational to so many generations of people in the UK and around the world.”

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff also expressed the team’s sadness at the news, stressing her impact would be felt for generations. He commented: “We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

“An inspiring figure who dedicated her life to public service with integrity and quiet leadership for 70 years.” The impact she made in the UK and around the world will be felt for generations to come and the values she stood for are the best of all human values: Dignity, respect and compassion.

“We send our heartfelt condolences to the Royal Family and the people of the UK and the Commonwealth.”

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