The family of the late Shane Warne has posted a moving tribute to the cricketing great on what would have been his 53rd birthday. The legendary spin bowler died of natural causes while on holiday in Koh Samui, Thailand, on March 4.

And on Tuesday, his birthday, Shane’s family gained access to his Instagram account, which had been dormant since his death.The family of the late Shane Warne has posted a moving tribute to the cricketing great on what would have been his 53rd birthday.

On Tuesday, the Warnes gained access to his Instagram account, which had been dormant since his death on March 4, and posted six frames on the grid to form this famous image of Shane taking a bow during a cricket match

‘It is about the richness of an individual’s life, including what they accomplished and the impact they had on people and places. The Warnes posted six frames on the grid to form a famous image of Shane taking a bow during a cricket match, alongside the simple caption: ‘1969-2022.’ The family wrote: ‘A legacy gives you a perspective on what’s important.

‘A legacy gives you a perspective on what’s important,’ the family wrote. ‘It is about the richness of an individual’s life, including what they accomplished and the impact they had on people and places. Shane’s legacy will live on’ 

‘Shane’s legacy will live on.’ The message concluded: ‘Happy birthday always in our hearts.’ Shane’s 24-year-old daughter Brooke added a personal tribute below the post by commenting her father’s favourite number: 23.

The legendary spin bowler died of natural causes while on holiday in Koh Samui, Thailand, on March 4. The news comes after details emerged of the Australian cricketer’s sweet friendship with the late Queen Elizabeth II.

Her Majesty honoured the spin bowler in June by awarding him one of Australia’s highest accolades in her Birthday Honours List.  The sportsman was posthumously made an Official of the Order of Australia for ‘distinguished service to cricket as a player, role model and commentator, to the community through charitable initiatives, and for philanthropic contributions’. 

The news comes after details emerged of the Australian cricketer’s sweet friendship with the late Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen and Warne met several times, including during a reception at Buckingham Palace in 1999 for the World Cup cricket teams. 

He spoke highly of Her Majesty on many occasions. In 2012, he said the ‘highlight’ of the London Olympic opening ceremony was Daniel Craig’s 007 skit with The Queen. The monarch herself was also a cricket fan, often attending Test matches at Lord’s and always remaining strictly neutral during The Ashes series and other matches between England and Australia. 

In fact, The Queen and Prince Philip were once caught sneaking home early from a royal engagement to catch the cricket highlights, according to British society magazine Tatler. In one of her final acts on the throne, Her Majesty honoured the spin bowler in June by awarding him one of Australia’s highest accolades in her Birthday Honours List. She visited Lord’s Cricket Ground in London 25 times during her reign, with her last visit being the England v Australia Ashes Test in 2013.

During the World Cup in 2019, Elizabeth and Philip wrote to the England team to wish them luck in their final match against New Zealand. Australia now joins Britain, the Commonwealth and the rest of the world in mourning the world’s most famous woman, who had a beloved relationship with her subjects. Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Governor-General David Hurley will travel to London to pay their respects to Her Majesty, who reigned for 70 years.

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