After 70 years of rule, Queen Elizabeth II, the British monarch with the longest reign, passed away at Balmoral at the age of 96. She passed away peacefully on Thursday afternoon at her Scottish estate, where she had spent the majority of the summer.
The Queen saw significant social change following her succession to the throne in 1952.
King Charles III, her son, expressed that his loss and the loss of his family will be “deeply felt” by people all over the world and that his mother’s passing was a “time of tremendous pain” for him and his family.
“I know her loss will be strongly felt throughout the nation, the realms, the Commonwealth, and by many individuals around the world.”
The King will return to London on Friday with his wife Camilla, who is now Queen Consort, according to Buckingham Palace. On Friday, he’s scheduled to address the country.
Senior royals had arrived at Balmoral because the Queen’s doctors had expressed worry earlier in the day about her health. After being put under medical supervision, the Queen’s children all made their way to Balmoral, which is close to Aberdeen.
Prince Harry and Prince William, her great-grandson and current heir to the throne, gathered there as well.
The Queen, who on Tuesday appointed Prime Minister Liz Truss, said was the “rock” upon which modern Britain was formed and had “given us with the stability and strength that we required.” She stated this about the future King: “We offer him our allegiance and love, just as his mother so much, so long, to so many.
The reign of Queen Elizabeth II as head of state included the years of post-war austerity, the change from an empire to a Commonwealth, the conclusion of the Cold War, and the UK’s membership in and exit from the European Union.
15 prime ministers served during her time in office, including Ms. Truss, who was born 101 years after Winston Churchill in 1975. For the duration of her rule, she met with her prime minister on a weekly basis.
As news of the Queen’s passing reached Buckingham Palace in London, the people waiting for information on her condition started wailing. At 18:30 BST, the palace’s union flag was lowered to half-staff, and a formal notice of the death was displayed on the building’s exterior.
Prince William and his wife, Catherine, gained the titles of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Cornwall following the passing of the Queen.
The Queen was born Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor on April 21, 1926, in Mayfair, London. Few could have predicted she would become the monarch, but in December 1936, her uncle Edward VIII abdicated the throne in order to wed the twice-divorced American, Wallis Simpson.
Elizabeth’s father, King George VI, abdicated in favor of her sister Lilibet, who was heir to the throne at the age of 10. Princess Elizabeth was representing the ill King in Kenya in 1952 when Philip informed her that her father had passed away. As the new Queen, she went back to London right away.
An official period of mourning has begun for the Royal Family. A lot of societal activity will be suspended in the upcoming days. There will be no official events, and all government buildings, military installations, and British posts abroad will fly the union flag at half-staff.
Church bells will ring, and there will be gun salutes, as local and national charities and organizations plan methods to pay homage, including memorial services and condolence books. Within the next two weeks, the Queen is likely to have a state funeral.
Foreign leaders have honored the Queen, with US President Joe Biden remembering how she stood with the US in their “darkest days” during the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
She was a “kind-hearted Queen” and “friend of France,” according to the president of France, Emmanuel Macron.