July 14, 2024
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Queen Elizabeth II dies after 70 years on the British throne

Queen Elizabeth II, the British queen with the longest reign, died in Balmoral at the age of 96 after 70 years in power.

The death of her beloved mother was a “period of terrible pain” for her son King Charles III and his family, and her loss will be “truly felt” all across the world, he added.

Senior royals gathered at her Scottish home early on Thursday after health concerns intensified.

After she was crowned in 1952, the Queen experienced enormous social transformation.

Prince Charles, her first child and the heir apparent to 14 Commonwealth monarchies, will preside over the nation’s mourning.

According to him, knowing how well revered and adored the Queen was by so many people will provide him and his family comfort and support during the approaching period.

The Queen died quietly in Balmoral this afternoon, and the King and Queen Consort will remain there tonight evening before departing for London the following day.

The Queen’s children all traveled to Balmoral, which is near Aberdeen after physicians placed the Queen under medical observation.

Prince William, her grandchild, joins her, and Prince Harry is on his way.

The queen is the rock on which modern Britain was built, according to the Queen, who named Prime Minister Liz Truss on Tuesday. We now have the security and power we require, thanks to her.

She added of the new King, “We swear to him our allegiance and affection, in the same way, that his mother gave so much, for so long, to so many people.

The Cold War’s end, the transition from an empire to a Commonwealth, the UK’s participation in and exit from the European Union, and the years of post-war austerity were all experienced during Queen Elizabeth II’s time as head of state.

During her tenure as prime minister, Ms. Truss, who was born in 1975, 101 years after Winston Churchill, served alongside 15 other leaders.

She often met with her prime minister throughout her reign.

As soon as they heard the news that the Queen had passed away, the crowds at Buckingham Palace in London that had been waiting for updates on her condition began sobbing. The Union flag flying over the palace was lowered to half-mast at 18:30 BST when a formal notification of the death was posted outside.

Queen Elizabeth II and her reign through the years

The future monarch, Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor, was born on April 21, 1926, in Mayfair, London.

Few would have foreseen that Elizabeth would become the monarch, but in December 1936, her uncle Edward VIII abdicated the monarchy in order to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson.

Elizabeth’s father became King George VI after his abdication, and at age 10, Lilibet, as she was referred to in the family, became heir to the throne.

Britain and Nazi Germany were at war for three years. Elizabeth and her younger sister, Princess Margaret, spent the bulk of the war in Windsor Castle after their parents rejected requests that they are evacuated to Canada.

Elizabeth trained in the Auxiliary Territorial Service for five months as a driver and fundamental mechanic after turning 18 years old. As a result, she continued, “I began to understand the esprit de corps that arises in the face of adversity.

For the rest of the war, she wrote letters to her third cousin Philip, Prince of Greece, who was joining the Royal Navy; as their connection grew, they were married at Westminster Abbey on November 20, 1947, with the prince becoming the Duke of Edinburgh.

She would later refer to him throughout their 74-year marriage as “my strength and stay” before his passing at age 99 in 2021.

Their four children—Charles, born in 1948; Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward, born in 1964—each gave their parents eight grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.

In 1952, Princess Elizabeth was in Kenya on behalf of the ailing King when Philip informed her of her father’s death; she immediately returned to London as the new Queen.

Queen Elizabeth was crowned at Westminster Abbey on June 2, 1953, when she was 27 years old, in front of a then-record television audience of more than 20 million people.

In the decades that followed, there would be a great deal of turmoil due to the demise of the British Empire abroad and the swinging ’60s, which undermined cultural norms at home.

Elizabeth visited every Commonwealth country at least once, displaying her strong commitment to the organization, and modified the monarchy to match this less reverent era by mingling with the citizenry through walkabouts, royal visits, and attendance at public events.

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