Peter Andre has paid tribute to the “wonderful” Queen Elizabeth II following her death at the age of 96.
Her Majesty passed away “peacefully” at Balmoral Castle, a statement from Buckingham Palace confirmed.
And speaking about his sadness at her passing, Pete, 49, who had the pleasure of meeting The Queen three times, exclusively told OK! the news has left him “very emotional”.
He told us: “I was between two shows of Grease in London when we heard the devastating news that our wonderful Queen was being treated by doctors at Balmoral. The atmosphere in the theatre was extremely sombre.
“Then, a few hours later, we were told the incredibly sad news that our beloved Queen had passed away.
“I really cannot describe the feeling in the theatre. Like so many people, I feel very emotional knowing that she has gone. It was a very sad day indeed.
"I have been privileged enough to meet The Queen on three occasions and you cannot describe the honour you feel when you're in her presence. She was always incredibly polite and I was always incredibly nervous."
Earlier in the day Pete said he was praying for Her Majesty’s health when it was revealed she was under medical supervision at Balmoral after her doctors became concerned for her health.
Posting a picture of The Queen to his Instagram Story, Pete wrote: “All we can do now is pray.” He also shared a snap of her smiling on his Instagram, writing: “Praying for our Queen,” alongside a praying and love heart emoji.
The singer also paid tribute to our former monarch back in May ahead of her Platinum Jubilee celebrations, which marked her incredible 70 years on the throne.
He wrote in his OK! column: “It’s the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for our wonderful Queen this week. She is amazing and her incredible legacy will live on forever.
“I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Her Majesty three times. She’s always been very sweet and succinct in her words.”
The star then went on to recall their last meeting and how he made a bit of faux pas in Buckingham Palace.
He continued: “The last time I was at Buckingham Palace was for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
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“It was such a lovely day, although I did accidentally spill coffee all over the carpet while I was waiting to meet the royals. I asked the staff if they could not mention it!"
Meanwhile, sharing his thoughts of her passing on social media, Pete posted a picture of the monarch from the start of her long reign.
He wrote on Instagram: “Like many we feel so so sad about this. Very surreal. Wow. Longest reigning monarch in British history.
"A true leader. Our queen, but also a mother, grandmother and wife. May she rest in peace with her beloved husband.”
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