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'She inspired us with her leadership': Sporting world pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth II

Sporting personnel across the military and professional sports have released heartfelt tributes.

Queen Elizabeth (Picture: Newsphoto/ Alamy Stock Photo).

The sporting world, including some of the military's sporting associations, have been paying tribute to Her Majesty The Queen following the death of the longest-reigning monarch in British history.

Personnel in football, rugby union and horse racing have paid their respects on various social media outlets.

Many of the military's sporting teams have expressed their own tributes including the Royal Navy FA as well as Olympic medallists such as Pete Reed.

David Beckham, the former England football captain who met the Queen on numerous occasions, said on Instagram: "I'm truly saddened by the death of Her Majesty, The Queen.

"What an outpouring of love and respect we saw for the Platinum Jubilee for her life of service.

"How devastated we all feel today shows what she has meant to people in this country and around the world.

"How much she inspired us with her leadership."

Former Royal Navy rowing star Pete Reed, who won Olympic medals at the 2012 and 2016 games, posted a picture of the time he met the Queen following his victory in London.

"I am deeply sad. It was an honour to serve Her Majesty," he said. "I hope she has already reunited with Prince Philip. The Queen is dead. Long live Tthe King."

A minute's silence was held at football matches featuring Manchester United, Arsenal, West Ham United and Hearts on Thursday.

Premier League, English Football League and Test Cricket action between England and South Africa have been postponed this weekend out of respect.

The Queen was widely known to be a huge supporter of horse racing with a number of horses owned by Her Majesty competing at Royal Ascot.

The famous racecourse has also released a tribute through Her Majesty's representative at the track, Sir Francis Brooke, who said: "We, at Ascot, are privileged to have so many memories of Her Majesty the Queen, at this, her racecourse, including some wonderful victories in the Royal colours."

The Queen served as head of state for more than 70 years which spanned 18 Summer Olympic Games and 19 Winter Games.

The world has lost "a great supporter of sport and the Olympic movement", according to the International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach.

"Her Majesty was the only head of state to declare open two editions of the Olympic Games and was already present at the Olympic Games London 1948," he said.

"As patron of the British Olympic Association, she provided invaluable advice and help to the Olympic community."

The Royal Navy Football Association posted on Twitter: "Honoured and thankful for your service as our Patron, Your Majesty.

"From everyone in the RNFA family, God bless you and rest in peace."