James Corden remembers Queen Elizabeth II: 'We will always celebrate her life'

On The Late Late Show With James Corden Thursday, Corden began the show on a somber note, remembering Queen Elizabeth II. The queen had died earlier in the day at the age of 96 after 70 years of service.

“I, like the rest of the world, am so sad tonight, but also so thankful and grateful to the queen for the most incredible service and leadership that she has shown during all of our lifetimes,” Corden said, adding, “She is the only queen most of us have ever known. She has seen 14 U.S. presidents during her reign, and on Tuesday, just on Tuesday, welcomed her 15th prime minister.”

Corden also briefly spoke about the good the queen had done in the world. She was reportedly involved with hundreds of charities.

“She was universally adored,” Corden said. “She represented good in this world, living a life of honor, a life dedicated to service, dedicated to bettering the lives of others.”

And as King Charles III begins his reign, Corden believes Thursday is a day that will resonate throughout the world.

“Every person at home in the United Kingdom, and many across the globe, will remember today,” Corden said. “They’ll remember where they were when they heard the news, news that will change our country forever. We will always celebrate her life, remember what she stood for, and we will always be thankful for her sacrifice.”

Video transcript

JAMES CORDEN: I, like the rest of the world, am so sad tonight, but also so thankful and grateful to the queen for the most incredible service and leadership that she has shown during all of our lifetimes.

KYLIE MAR: "The Late Late Show with James Corden" began on a somber note Thursday as Corden remembered Queen Elizabeth II, who died earlier in the day at the age of 96 after serving as queen for 70 years.

JAMES CORDEN: She is the only queen most of us have ever known. She has seen 14 US presidents during her reign. And on Tuesday, just on Tuesday, welcomed her 15th prime minister.

KYLIE MAR: Corden also touched on the good Queen Elizabeth had done in the world, having reportedly been involved with hundreds of charities.

JAMES CORDEN: She was universally adored. She represented good in this world, living a life of honor, a life dedicated to service, dedicated to bettering the lives of others.

KYLIE MAR: Corden also lauded the queen for staying out of world politics.

JAMES CORDEN: She never wavered. She was never political. She didn't need us to hear her opinions. She never gave an interview. She never posted on social media. It was never, for her, about her own PR.

KYLIE MAR: And as King Charles III begins his reign, Corden believes Thursday was a day people across the world will remember.

JAMES CORDEN: Many across the globe will remember today. They'll remember where they were when they heard the news, news that will change our country forever. We will always celebrate her life, remember what she stood for, and we will always be thankful for her sacrifice.