Sporting stars paying tribute to the Queen on her Platinum Jubilee
‘Let’s come together and commemorate her remarkable reign’: David Beckham and Kevin Pietersen lead the tributes from the sporting world to the Queen on her Platinum Jubilee
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Sports stars such as David Beckham and Kevin Pietersen are celebrating Her Majesty on the occasion of her Platinum Jubilee.
After 70 long years on the throne, a milestone which no other monarch in British history has achieved, the Queen’s four-day Platinum Jubilee celebrations have begun.
The Queen, then aged 25, acceded to the throne on February 6, 1952 on the death of her father, King George VI.
Many have gathered the streets to mark the occasion while many sporting stars have taken to social media to commemorate the Queen for her service.
Former England captain David Beckham posted on Instagram: ‘Today, we celebrate our Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
’70 years of service and inspirational leadership of our country. Let’s come together and commemorate her remarkable reign with a great British party these next few days.’
Cricket star Kevin Pietersen joined in by wishing the Queen well by tweeting out a number of heart emojis to show his respect.
Sports stars such as David Beckham and Kevin Pietersen are celebrating the Platinum Jubilee
Former England captain David Beckham took to Instagram to commemorate the Queen
Former cricket star Kevin Pietersen also joined in by wishing the Queen well on Twitter
England also joined in by posting a video with Three Lions captain Harry Kane and Lionesses star Leah Williamson thanking the Queen for her 70 years of service.
Kane said: ‘From me and all of the England team I want to congratulate you on your Platinum Jubilee. Thank you for your incredible 70 years of incredible service.
‘Please enjoy the celebrations this weekend and we all really look forward to the country uniting to celebrate your remarkable achievement.’
England also joined in by posting a video with captain Harry Kane thanking the Queen
Lionesses star Leah Williamson was also on England’s video to commemorate Her Majesty
Williamson added: ‘Your Majesty as you celebrate your Platinum Jubilee on behalf of the England’s women’s team I would like to thank you for your 70 years of service.
‘We hope you enjoy your special day as the nation comes together this weekend to recognise your remarkable achievement.’
England Rugby also showed their respect, by posting: ‘Congratulations to Her Majesty The Queen on her #PlatinumJubilee.
‘Her Majesty served as our Patron for an incredible 64 years.’
England Rugby also took to social media to congratulate Her Majesty on her service
UK Sport also wished everyone a great time celebrating Her Majesty and the Platinum Jubilee
UK Sport also tweeted out: ‘We hope everyone has a wonderful weekend celebrating Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee!’
Former footballer and commentator Rio Ferdinand received an OBE for his activism and charity work.
The former Manchester United defender won 81 England caps and six Premier League titles, and helped United to Champions League success in 2008.
Former footballer and commentator Rio Ferdinand received an OBE for his charity work
The former Manchester United defender Ferdinand took to Instagram to show his appreciation
Welsh footballer Gareth Bale and Liverpool ace James Milner received MBEs.
Bale is often regarded as one of Britain’s best footballers, after a nine-year spell at Real Madrid.
The Welsh star donated more than one million euros to hospitals in Wales and Spain in April 2020 in the early stages of the Covid pandemic.
Bale said: ‘Receiving an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday honours list is a very proud moment for my family and I.
‘To be given this news as we prepare to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee makes it feel even more special.
‘I joined a football academy at the age of nine, so the sport is a defining part of my identity. I recognise the privilege of being able to do what I love, and for all of the incredible moments, experiences, achievements and memories football has given me. I hope I have been able to give just as much back.
‘Football is my whole life and I am deeply humbled to be recognised by the Queen.’
Welsh star Gareth Bale also took to Twitter to thank the Queen for being recognised
Cricketer Moeen Ali received an MBE alongside the gold-medal winning Olympic curlers Mili Smith, Victoria Wright and Hailey Duff.
GB’s Olympic gold medal-winning women’s curling team have also been honoured.
Skip Eve Muirhead is made an OBE for her services to the sport after the team took Britain’s only gold medal of the Beijing Winter Olympics, with teammates Vicky Wright, Jennifer Dodds, Hailey Duff and alternate Mili Smith all becoming MBEs.
The Queen has awarded her racing adviser John Warren a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (RVO).
Warren has been pictured over the years by the Queen’s side in the royal box or paddock whenever she attends major racing meetings.
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