Lewis Hamilton recalls ‘shared love of dogs with Queen’ amid touching tribute

Lewis Hamilton paid a poignant tribute to Queen Elizabeth II before joining the rest of the F1 fraternity for a period of silence ahead of practice at the Italian Grand Prix.

The world’s longest-reigning head of state passed away at Balmoral on Thursday at the age of 96. Seven-time world champion Hamilton met The Queen on numerous occasions and received his MBE from the monarch shortly after winning his first world title in 2008. He received his knighthood from the Prince of Wales at Windsor Castle at the end of last year.

Hamilton took to social media to post a tribute to The Queen on Friday morning before getting into his Mercedes.

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“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,” he wrote.

“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. 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.”

While sporting events in the UK have been postponed or cancelled as a mark of respect, most international events will go ahead as planned.

Shortly before the first practice at Monza, all F1 teams came together for a period of silence. There will be another mark of respect prior to Sunday’s race.

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