Dame Shirley Bassey and Sir Tom Jones lead star tributes to ‘iconic’ Queen following her death


Sir Tom and Dame Shirley among the well-known faces meeting the Queen during her Diamond Jubilee in 2012.Credit: PA Images

Sir Tom Jones and Dame Shirley Bassey are among a number of Welsh superstars to pay tribute to the Queen following her death at Balmoral Castle on Thursday.

Sir Tom said the monarch had been “a constant presence and inspiration throughout” his life. Dame Shirley Bassey said she will miss the Queen “deeply.”

The UK is beginning a period of mourning to remember the life of longest reigning sovereign in British history.

Sir Tom, 82, said on Twitter: “Queen Elizabeth II was a constant presence and inspiration throughout my life. She was a reassuring force in difficult times, her dedication was faultless and her commitment to duty was unrivalled. “I am honoured and blessed to have witnessed her reign. My deepest sympathies to the Royal Family, and gratefully I say, long live the King.” ‘An unstoppable force’

Dame Shirley Bassey, 85, said: “There is a reason why Her Majesty The Queen was admired not just at home but across the world. Through triumph and adversity, her devotion to our country has spanned eras of unprecedented change. “In all that time she remained steadfast, dignified, inspirational. Her courage was mighty, her example iconic. She was an unstoppable force. “Your Majesty, from the bottom of my heart I thank you for all that you have done. I shall miss you deeply. Dame Shirley Bassey.”

Charles will now turn his mind to matters of state as he begins his first full day as the nation’s new monarch having spent much of his 73 years in preparation for the role.

The Queen’s affection for the ‘shining spirit’ of the Welsh people
The Queen visited Wales on many occasions with her last being in October 2021 to open the sixth session of the Senedd.

She insisted on being present in person for Royal Openings of Senedd sessions, even when officials suggested that she delegate it to the Prince of Wales.