Queen Elizabeth II, who reigned for 70 years, passed away in Balmoral at the age of 96, making her the longest-reigning queen in British history.
Concerns about her health arose early on Thursday, and her family convened to the home she owns in Scotland to discuss it.
The Queen ascended to the throne in 1952 and presided over a time of tremendous social transformation.
The new monarch will be known as King Charles III, according to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Liz Truss. She stated that the Queen was the rock upon which modern Britain was built.
His Majesty the King, who also becomes the head of state for 14 Commonwealth states, issued a statement in which he said, “The passing of my dearly beloved mother, Her Majesty the Queen, is a time of the utmost sadness for me and all members of my family.”
We feel an immense sense of loss at the demise of a revered Sovereign and a Mother who was treasured by many. I have no doubt that the loss of her presence will be keenly experienced by numerous people all across the world, not just in this nation, the Realms, or the Commonwealth.”
He stated that he and his family would be “comforted and sustained by our understanding of the respect and profound affection in which The Queen was so universally held” during the period of sadness and transformation that is currently taking place.
The Queen passed away in a calm and tranquil manner at Balmoral this afternoon, according to a statement released by Buckingham Palace.
This evening, the King and Queen Consort will continue their stay at Balmoral, and the next day, they will go back to London.”
After the decision was made to place the Queen under medical supervision, all of her children traveled to Balmoral, which is located close to Aberdeen.
Her grandson, Prince William, is also present, and her other grandson, Prince Harry, is already on his way there.
Ms. Truss, who was selected by the Queen on Tuesday, stated that the country would support the new King and that the monarch “gave us with the stability and strength that we needed.”
She remarked, “We pledge our allegiance to him and our love to him, just as his mother committed so much of herself to so many people for such a long time.”
“And with the passing of the second Elizabethan age, we usher in a new era in the magnificent history of our great country, exactly as Her Majesty would have wished by saying the words ‘God save the King.'” “And with the passing of the second Elizabethan age, we usher in a new era in the magnificent history of our great country, by saying the words ‘God save the King
Obituary: A lengthy life characterized by a sense of responsibility The news of her passing was broadcast on the BBC.
During her reign, Queen Elizabeth II presided over the United Kingdom during times of post-war austerity, the transformation of the British Empire into the Commonwealth, the conclusion of the Cold War, and both the United Kingdom’s accession into and exit from the European Union.
Her tenure encompassed the terms of 15 prime ministers, beginning with Winston Churchill, who was born in 1874, and ending with Ms. Truss, who was born 101 years later in 1975.
Throughout her reign, she would sit down for audiences with her prime minister on a weekly basis.
People who had gathered outside Buckingham Palace in London to receive updates on the Queen’s health began sobbing as soon as they learned that she had passed away. At 18:30 (British Summer Time), the flag of the Union that flies atop the palace was lowered to half-mast.
On April 21, 1926, Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born in Mayfair, London. Her official date of birth is April 21.
Few people could have imagined that she would eventually become monarch, but in December 1936, her uncle, Edward VIII, abdicated the throne in order to marry Wallis Simpson, an American woman who had previously been divorced twice.
After her father was crowned King George VI, Elizabeth, or Lilibet as she was called inside the royal family, became the rightful heir to the throne when she became 10 years old.
Within that short amount of time, Britain had joined the war effort against Nazi Germany. After the suggestion that they be taken to Canada during the war was shot down by their parents, Elizabeth and her younger sister, Princess Margaret, spent the most of the conflict at Windsor Castle.
Elizabeth joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service for a total of five months after she turned 18 years old. During this time, she gained fundamental knowledge of auto mechanics and driving. She reflected on the experience years later and said, “I came to grasp the esprit de corps that grows in the face of adversity.”
During the course of the war, she kept up a correspondence with her third cousin once removed, Philip, Prince of Greece, who was stationed in the Royal Navy. Their love grew stronger over time, and on November 20, 1947, they tied the knot at Westminster Abbey. Following their marriage, the prince assumed the title of Duke of Edinburgh.
Later on, she would refer to him as “my strength and stay” throughout their 74 years of marriage, which ended in 2021 when he passed away at the age of 99.
The couple welcomed their first child, a son named Charles, in 1948. In the years that followed, they welcomed Princess Anne in 1950, Prince Andrew in 1960, and Prince Edward in 1964. They were able to provide their parents with eight grandkids and 12 great-grandchildren between the two of them.
When Prince Philip informed Princess Elizabeth that her father had passed away in 1952, she was serving as the King’s representative in Kenya at the time. As soon as she was crowned queen, she made her way back to London.
She reflected on the experience years later, saying, “It was all a very sudden kind of taking on and making the best job you can.”
Elizabeth was crowned at Westminster Abbey on June 2, 1953, when she was 27 years old, in front of a record television audience at the time, which was estimated to be more than 20 million people.
In the subsequent decades, there would be a great deal of upheaval, including the dissolution of the British Empire in other parts of the world and the upending of social conventions in the United States during the swinging 1960s.
Through engagement with the public in the form of walkabouts, royal visits, and attendance at public events, Elizabeth transformed the monarchy to be more appropriate for this less deferential period. Her dedication to the Commonwealth was unwavering, as evidenced by the fact that she traveled to each and every Commonwealth nation at least once.
However, there were times of suffering both in private and in public. The year 1992 was known as the “annus horribilis” for the Queen because a fire destroyed Windsor Castle, which was both a private house and a working palace, and three of her children’s marriages ended in divorce.
After Diana, Princess of Wales, passed away in a car accident in Paris in 1997, the Queen was criticized for giving the impression that she was unwilling to respond publicly to the tragedy.
There were many people who questioned the usefulness of the monarchy in today’s society.
“No institution… should expect to be free from the scrutiny of those who give it their loyalty and support, not to mention those who don’t,” she acknowledged. “No institution… should expect to be free from the scrutiny of those who don’t give it their loyalty and support.”