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The longest-reigning monarch in British history, Queen Elizabeth II, passed away at the age of 96 at Balmoral.
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.
Senior royals had assembled at her estate in Scotland after fears over her health on Thursday increased.
Significant social change occurred when the Queen ascended to the throne in 1952.
As the future King and ruler of 14 Commonwealth states, Prince Charles, her first child, will lead the nation in sorrow.
He stated that knowing how well regarded and cherished the Queen was by so many people would give him and his family solace and support during the upcoming period.
The Royal Household stated in a statement: “The King and the Queen Consort will stay in Balmoral through this evening and go back to London tomorrow after the Queen passed away peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon.
After being put under medical supervision, the Queen’s children all made their way to Balmoral, which is close to Aberdeen.
Along with his brother Prince Harry, Prince William, her grandson, is present.
The Queen appointed Prime Minister Liz Truss on Tuesday, and she described her as the “rock” upon which modern Britain was constructed and the one who had given us the stability and fortitude we required.
She said: “With regard to the new King,” “Just as his mother gave so much, for so long, to so many, we pledge to him our dedication and devotion.
The period of post-war austerity, the change from empire to Commonwealth, the end of the Cold War, and the UK’s membership in – and exit from – the European Union were all covered by Queen Elizabeth II’s reign as head of state.
From Winston Churchill, born in 1874, to Ms. Truss, born 101 years later in 1975, 15 prime ministers served throughout her rule.
For the duration of her rule, she met with her prime minister on a weekly basis.
As news of the Queen’s passing spread among the people gathered at Buckingham Palace in London, they started wailing. Finally, at 18:30 BST, the palace’s Union flag was lowered to half-staff, and formal notification of the death was displayed on the building’s exterior.
Queen Elizabeth II reign through the years
Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born in London’s Mayfair on April 21, 1926.
Few could have predicted she would become the monarch, but in December 1936, her uncle, Edward VIII, abdicated the crown in order to wed American Wallis Simpson, who had previously been divorced twice.
At age 10, Lilibet became heir to the kingdom as she was referred to in the family. Elizabeth’s father was King George VI.
Three years later, Nazi Germany and Britain were at war after their parents refused recommendations that they are evacuated to Canada. Elizabeth and Princess Margaret, her younger sister, spent most of the war at Windsor Castle.
Elizabeth joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service after turning 18 and served there for five months, during which time she acquired fundamental knowledge of driving and auto repair. In addition, she later remembered, “I started to understand the esprit de corps that thrives in the face of adversity.
Her third cousin Philip, Prince of Greece, was enlisting in the Royal Navy, and she corresponded via letters throughout the war. Finally, in Westminster Abbey on November 20, 1947, the pair were wed after a blossoming romance, and the prince was given the title of Duke of Edinburgh.
After 74 years of marriage and until his 99-year-old death in 2021, she would subsequently refer to him as “my strength and stay.”
Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward were all born after the couple’s first son, Charles, was born in 1948. Together, they produced 12 great-grandchildren in addition to eight grandchildren for their parents.
When Philip informed Princess Elizabeth that her father had passed away, she was in Kenya, standing in for the ill King. However, as soon as she became Queen, she went back to London.
At the age of 27, Queen Elizabeth was crowned at Westminster Abbey in front of a TV viewership that was then a record, estimated to be more than 20 million viewers, on June 2, 1953.
The British Empire’s demise abroad and the swinging ’60s’ destruction of domestic social standards will cause significant changes in the following decades.
Queen Elizabeth modernized the monarchy to fit this less reverent era by interacting with the populace through walkabouts, royal visits, and attendance at public events. In addition, she visited every member state of the Commonwealth at least once, demonstrating her unwavering dedication to it.