Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning monarch in British history, who had served her country as queen since 1952 and was a symbol of stability and unity, has died at the age of 96.
The Royal Family announced the news on September 8, 2022, writing: “The Queen passed away peacefully in Balmoral this afternoon. The King and The Queen Consort remain in Balmoral tonight and return to London tomorrow.
A vibrant double rainbow appeared over Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and other British landmarks as crowds gathered in the Queen’s honour.
Liz Truss, the new British Prime Minister, said, according to CNN, “She was the spirit of Britain, and that spirit will remain.”
In a statementthe new King Charles said that his mother’s death was “a moment of greatest sorrow for me and all members of my family.”
According to USA Today, Prince Charles became king immediately after his mother’s death. She was the “41st monarch since William the Conqueror in 1066,” the paper reported.
The Queen is one of the most unifying figures in British history. Her family rushed to her bed at Balmoral Castle in the Scottish Highlands on September 8, 2022, as fears for her health escalated. The Queen has struggled with mobility issues and has looked increasingly frail since the death of her husband, Prince Philip, who died in April 2021 at the age of 99. The official cause of Elizabeth’s death was not yet known.
It was a steady decline and sort of a long goodbye, not a sudden death. The Queen’s death plunged England into a period of mourning as the monarch paid tribute. Her heir, Charles, stood at her bedside, along with the Queen’s three other children, Princess Anne and Princes Andrew and Edward.
Royal biographer Robert Hardman told BBC: “She is unlike any other monarch in our history – she is our longest-living, longest-serving and longest-reigning monarch. She just stands for this steadfastness, this sense of permanence and stability.”
“Suddenly, in moments like these, we all realize… how precious she is,” he added.
Elizabeth II became queen in 1952, but her coronation was in 1953, according to Biography.com.
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Shortly before she died, Buckingham Palace released a statement on the Queen’s health on September 8, 2022. “Following further evaluation this morning, the Queen’s doctors are concerned about Her Majesty’s health and have recommended that she remain under medical supervision,” it said. “The Queen remains comfortable and in Balmoral.”
According to the BBC, benefactors began to gather outside Balmoral Castle. Former Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted“I send my sincere thoughts and prayers to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family at this troubling time.” He wrote that he was “deeply concerned.”
The Queen’s death was known by the code name as ‘London Bridge’.
The Queen has served since her coronation in 1953, according to her palace biography.
According to her website, “In 1937, 11-year-old Princess Elizabeth had watched her father, King George VI, be crowned in the elaborate ceremony and 16 years later, on June 2, 1953, her own official coronation was to take place.”
She never expected to be queen; that came after her uncle’s abdication.
“Queen Elizabeth II was born Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary in London on April 21, 1926, to Prince Albert, Duke of York (later known as King George VI) and Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon,” Biography.com reported. She spent World War II with her family at Windsor Castle.
In 1940, at the age of 14, and as World War II raged across Europe, the young princess said in a radio broadcast: “It will all work out in the end; for God will take care of us and give us victory and peace,” reported Biography.com.