Carol Vorderman recalls ‘stunning lunch’ with Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip


Carol Vorderman has paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II after she died ‘peacefully’ at Balmoral on September 8, aged 96.

The television personality, 61, who received an MBE in 2000, recalled her ‘stunning lunch’ with the late monarch and Prince Philip on Friday. 

Taking to Instagram, Carol announced that she had signed The Royal Family’s online Book Of Condolence as she shared some fond memories of the Queen.  

Heartfelt: Carol Vorderman, 61, has paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II after she died ‘peacefully’ at Balmoral on September 8, aged 96 on Friday 

Alongside a photo of her heartfelt message, she penned: ‘As with so many millions I’ve felt it respectful to pay my own small tribute to Her Majesty.

‘The official Book of Condolence is open and found here if anyone wants to do the same.

‘I met the Queen a number of times, once at a stunning private lunch with her and Prince Philip in Buckingham Palace, of which more perhaps at a different time.’

Memories: The television personality, who received an MBE in 2000, recalled her 'stunning lunch' with the late monarch and Prince Philip (The Queen and Prince Philip The Duke of Edinburgh pictured at ITV's 50th Royal Anniversary Dinner in 2005)

Memories: The television personality, who received an MBE in 2000, recalled her ‘stunning lunch’ with the late monarch and Prince Philip (The Queen and Prince Philip The Duke of Edinburgh pictured at ITV’s 50th Royal Anniversary Dinner in 2005)

Meeting: Carol also attended ITV's 50th Royal Anniversary Dinner in 2005 alongside the Queen and Prince Philip The Duke of Edinburgh - pictured at the event

Meeting: Carol also attended ITV’s 50th Royal Anniversary Dinner in 2005 alongside the Queen and Prince Philip The Duke of Edinburgh – pictured at the event 

Taking to Instagram, Carol announced that she had signed The Royal Family's online Book Of Condolence as she shared some fond memories of the Queen

Taking to Instagram, Carol announced that she had signed The Royal Family’s online Book Of Condolence as she shared some fond memories of the Queen

Carol continued: ‘She was my Nain’s (grandmother) Queen, my mother’s Queen and mine. God bless you Ma’am. What a woman you were.’

Her message in The Royal Family’s online Book Of Condolence, that she shared a photo of, read: ‘You were my grandmothers Queen, my mother’s Queen and also mine. 

‘You were a constant, our island in a storm, our place of calm. As a woman you saw us through a liberation larger than any in history. We will miss you. I will miss you. 

‘With the upmost respect. Your servant, A little girl from Wales.’ 

Paying respects: Her message in The Royal Family's online Book Of Condolence, read: 'You were my grandmothers Queen, my mother's Queen and also mine'

Paying respects: Her message in The Royal Family’s online Book Of Condolence, read: ‘You were my grandmothers Queen, my mother’s Queen and also mine’ 

Proud: During the Queen's Birthday Honours, in June 2000, Carol was honoured as a Member of the the Order of British Empire, for her services to broadcasting

Proud: During the Queen’s Birthday Honours, in June 2000, Carol was honoured as a Member of the the Order of British Empire, for her services to broadcasting

During the Queen’s Birthday Honours, in June 2000, Carol was honoured as a Member of the the Order of British Empire, for her services to broadcasting. 

Queen Elizabeth II died ‘peacefully’ at Balmoral in Scotland on Thursday. 

Her son Charles, the former Prince of Wales, is now King Charles III, as the world grieves his mother, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch. 

All Her Majesty’s children had rushed to Balmoral today after doctors became ‘concerned’ for her health. Hours later she died, surrounded by her family.

Sad time: Queen Elizabeth II died 'peacefully' at Balmoral in Scotland on September 8, aged 96

Sad time: Queen Elizabeth II died ‘peacefully’ at Balmoral in Scotland on September 8, aged 96

At 6.30pm her death was confirmed. A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: ‘The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow’.

The Queen’s death will see Britain and her Commonwealth realms enter into a ten-day period of mourning as millions of her subjects in the UK and abroad come to terms with her passing.

And as her son accedes to the throne, there will also be a celebration of her historic 70-year reign that saw her reach her Platinum Jubilee this year – a landmark unlikely to be reached again by a British monarch. 

Charles, the King, said: ‘The death of my beloved mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family.

King Charles III released this poignant statement reacting to the death of his 'beloved mother' as he took the throne today

King Charles III released this poignant statement reacting to the death of his ‘beloved mother’ as he took the throne today

Her Majesty the Queen - Britain's longest-reigning monarch -  died peacefully at Balmoral aged 96. Her son Charles, is now king. He will remain at Balmoral tonight before returning to London with the Queen Consort, Camilla

Her Majesty the Queen – Britain’s longest-reigning monarch –  died peacefully at Balmoral aged 96. Her son Charles, is now king. He will remain at Balmoral tonight before returning to London with the Queen Consort, Camilla

‘We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished sovereign and a much-loved mother. I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.

‘During this period of mourning and change, my family and I will be comforted and sustained by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which the Queen was so widely held.’

Tributes are already pouring in for Her Majesty, to many the greatest Briton in history and undoubtedly the most famous woman on earth. To billions around the world she was the very face of Britishness.

The Queen poses for a photograph in the drawing room at Balmoral shortly before her meeting with Ms Truss, whom she appointed as her Prime Minister

The Queen poses for a photograph in the drawing room at Balmoral shortly before her meeting with Ms Truss, whom she appointed as her Prime Minister

To her subjects at home, Her Majesty was the nation’s anchor, holding firm no matter what storm she or her country was facing – from the uncertain aftermath of the Second World War to, more recently, the pandemic. She was also steadfast as she dealt with tragedies and scandals in her own family, most recently the fallout from Megxit and the death of her beloved husband Prince Philip.

Charles will embark on a tour of the UK before his mother’s funeral with his wife Camilla, who the Queen announced would be crowned her eldest son’s Queen Consort in an historic statement to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee and 70 years on the throne on February 6.

The Queen’s passing came more than a year after that of her beloved husband Philip, her ‘strength and guide’, who died aged 99 in April 2021. 

Since his funeral, where she poignantly sat alone because of lockdown restrictions, her own health faltered, and she was forced to miss an increasing number of events mainly due to ‘mobility problems’ and tiredness.

It began when Princess Elizabeth was formally proclaimed Queen on February 8, 1952. She was crowned in Westminster Abbey (pictured) on June 2, 1953 - by coincidence the same day a joyous nation learned a Commonwealth team had conquered Mount Everest

It began when Princess Elizabeth was formally proclaimed Queen on February 8, 1952. She was crowned in Westminster Abbey (pictured) on June 2, 1953 – by coincidence the same day a joyous nation learned a Commonwealth team had conquered Mount Everest

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