Britain’s longest-reigning beloved monarch sadly passed away on Thursday afternoon at her Scottish home of Balmoral, aged 96.
The Queen had reigned for 70 years since assuming the throne following the death of her father George VI in 1952, celebrating her Platinum Jubilee earlier in 2022.
She was succeeded by her eldest son Charles, former Prince of Wales.
The Queen’s passing has sent an outpouring of grief across the world, with tributes being paid to an iconic figure who had been a mainstay of British life for decades.
Sport and football were no different, with tributes paid in last night’s European fixtures involving Arsenal, West Ham, Manchester United and Hearts.
Countless sports figures have also paid their own personal tributes to the Queen, including Spurs boss Antonio Conte.
The Italian took to social media to post a moving remembrance message which featured one of the Queen’s memorable quotes from her 1957 live Christmas show at Sandringham House, the first ever televised.
“It has always been easy to hate and destroy. Building and cherishing is much harder,” Conte wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of Elizabeth II. “Rest in Peace, Your Majesty.”
Conte’s Tottenham are due to travel to Manchester City in a highly publicized Premier League game on Saturday night, although that fixture is now in doubt following the Queen’s death.
The Premier League and EFL will announce plans regarding the potential postponement of this weekend’s fixtures later on Friday morning after receiving the necessary government guidelines.