James Corden leads tributes as US talk shows honour the Queen

‘It didn’t matter who you were, she was there for you’: British star James Corden pays tribute to the Queen as US talk shows devote segments to monarch following her death

  • The country’s longest-reigning royal, Queen Elizabeth II, died ‘peacefully’, aged 96, at Balmoral in Scotland on Thursday
  • Following her death, discussion of the Queen and her legacy continued overnight across the pond
  • Actor and comedian James, 44, described the Queen as a ‘guiding light’ that was ‘universally adored’
  • In a sombre and respectful three-minute monologue at the top of his show, he said: ‘She is the only queen most of us have ever known 
  • Meanwhile, Kimmel, 54, also dedicated a part of his opening monologue on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, saying that her 70-year reign had been ‘a pretty good run’ 
  • Over on The Daily Show, Trevor Noah, 38, also adopted a less serious tone comparing the ‘full spectrum of emotions’ following the news 
  • Full coverage: Click here to see all our coverage of the Queen’s passing

US talk shows devoted segments to the Queen following her death on Thursday afternoon, with British star James Corden leading the tributes.

Following the announcement that the monarch died ‘peacefully’, aged 96, at Balmoral in Scotland, discussion of the Queen and her legacy continued overnight across the pond, with the likes of James, Jimmy Kimmel and Trevor Noah sharing heartfelt words.

Actor and comedian James, 44, who earlier this year announced he would be stepping down as host of The Late Late Show, described the Queen as a ‘guiding light’ that was ‘universally adored’.

Tributes: US talk shows devoted segments to the Queen following her death on Thursday afternoon, with British star James Corden leading the tributes

While the London-born host expressed his gratitude for ‘the most incredible service and leadership that she has shown during all of our lifetimes’.

In a sombre and respectful three-minute monologue at the top of his show, he said: ‘She is the only queen most of us have ever known.

‘We viewed her as immortal and an essential part of the fabric of our world.’

He continued: ‘She represented good in this world, living a life of honour, a life dedicated to service, dedicated to bettering the life of others.

So sad: Following the announcement that the monarch died ‘peacefully’, aged 96, at Balmoral in Scotland, discussion of the Queen and her legacy continued overnight across the pond

‘And it’s always felt as if she was there for all of us, for 70 years she never wavered. She was never political.

‘It was never for her about her own PR, and maybe that’s why she was as beloved and respected by a president as she was by the guy who lives down the street, and she would treat both of them equally too.

‘It didn’t matter who you were, she was there for you.’

The Gavin and Stacey star added that ‘in a world of uncertainty… and instability’ that the Queen was ‘always the Queen’ and ‘a guiding light’.

Kind words: Actor and comedian James, 44, who earlier this year announced he would be stepping down as host of The Late Late Show, described the Queen as a ‘guiding light’ that was ‘universally adored’

Message: ‘It’s always felt as if she was there for all of us, for 70 years she never wavered. She was never political’ (James pictured with the Queen’s grandson Prince Harry)

He concluded: ‘She was always gracious, always dignified, always a shining example of leadership. She represented stability in a world where so often it feels like the floor is shaking.

‘Queen Elizabeth was unique. A life’s work never to be repeated.’

Meanwhile, Jimmy Kimmel, 54, also dedicated a part of his opening monologue on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, saying that her 70-year reign had been ‘a pretty good run’. 

Playing on descriptions of the monarch as England’s ‘rock’ he said: ‘We don’t have a rock.

‘The closest thing we have to a rock in America is The Rock (actor Dwayne Johnson).’

Dedication: Meanwhile, Jimmy Kimmel, 54, also dedicated a part of his opening monologue on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, saying that her 70-year reign had been ‘a pretty good run’

The US star reflected on the ‘remarkable’ number of people the Queen had met during her reign including Lady Gaga, Bill Clinton, JFK, Jennifer Lopez, the Beatles and the Spice Girls, saying: ‘She stood up to fascists and she stood behind them,’ as a photo of the monarch stood directly behind Donald Trump was shown.

Over on The Daily Show, Trevor Noah, 38, also adopted a less serious tone comparing the ‘full spectrum of emotions’ following the news.

The comedian also highlighted the Queen as one of the world’s longest-serving monarchs, saying it was ‘insane’ how long she had been on the throne.

‘That means she’s seen Adam West as Batman, Michael Keaton as Batman, Christian Bale as Batman, Ben Affleck as Batman, survived that… and then saw Robert Pattinson as Batman,’ he joked.

Sad news: Over on The Daily Show, Trevor Noah, 38, also adopted a less serious tone comparing the ‘full spectrum of emotions’ following the news

‘And look, I’m sure there’s a better way to measure time than in Batmen, but you get it. She’s been in the game for a minute.’

It comes as Britain is today mourning the death of its beloved Monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. After a remarkable 70 years on the throne, the country’s longest-reigning royal yesterday died ‘peacefully’, aged 96, at Balmoral in Scotland.

Her death sparked an immediate and huge outpouring of emotion, with thousands of heartbroken mourners gathering outside the gates of Buckingham Palace and other royal buildings yesterday evening.

At one point, a rendition of ‘God Save The Queen’ rang out among the mourners, followed by cheers of ‘Long Live The King’.

Others laid flowers outside Windsor Castle – where The Queen had spent much of her time following the death of her beloved husband, Prince Philip, in April last year.

Rest in peace: It comes as Britain is today mourning the death of its beloved Monarch, Queen Elizabeth II  

And in a sign of the Queen’s considerable worldwide influence and appeal, royal fans laid flowers outside British embassies including in Washington, Berlin and Oslo.

Senior royals dashed to be at the Queen’s bedside on Thursday, but did not reach Balmoral in time before she passed, it is believed.

Only her eldest children, Prince Charles and Princess Anne, who were already in Scotland at the time of the Monarch’s sudden turn for the worse, were able to make it to the royal estate before her death, sources said.

Tragedy:  Her death sparked an immediate and huge outpouring of emotion, with thousands of mourners gathering outside the gates of Buckingham Palace on Thursday evening (pictured)

Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, his wife Sophie, and Prince William all flew in from Berkshire via private jet to Aberdeen on Thursday as they dashed to Balmoral to see her. But it is understood that they did not reach the estate before she passed.

Prince Harry, who was due to attend a charity event with wife Meghan in London on Thursday, also attempted to reach Balmoral in time. But he arrived at 8pm, nearly an hour-and-a-half after the public were informed of the Queen’s death.

The Queen’s son Charles, the former Prince of Wales, is now King Charles III, while Prince William has inherited his father’s title and is now, along with his wife, styled The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and Cambridge. William is also now the ‘heir apparent’ to the British throne. 

Announcement: Buckingham Palace announced the sad news of the Queen’s passing on Thursday

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