Queen Elizabeth II died on Thursday, September 8, 2022. Born on April 21, 1926, she was 96 years old at the time of her death. While an exact cause of death has not been officially disclosed, she had recently been under medical observation and “died peacefully.” The Royal Family Announced.
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On Thursday, Sept. 8, Buckingham Palace announced doctors were concerned about the Queen as her health deteriorated, the New York Times reported.
“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,” the palace said in a statement.
Just hours later, The royal family shared in a statement“The Queen passed away peacefully this afternoon in Balmoral.”
The statement continued: “The King and The Queen Consort will remain in Balmoral tonight and return to London tomorrow.”
The news came after the Queen canceled a virtual meeting to rest on Wednesday, The New York Times reported. She had canceled several public appearances in recent years, although she met the new prime minister in a public appearance on September 6.
The royal family gathered to be with the queen. Prince Charles – now referred to as His Majesty the King by Buckingham Palace — and his wife, Camilla, now The Queen Consort, were among the first at Balmoral Castle, the New York Times reported, along with the Queen’s daughter, Princess Anne. Prince William, second in line to the throne, traveled to Scotland to join the family, as did her other sons Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.
Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, also went to Balmoral Castle, The Hill reported. William’s wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, was staying in England for their children’s first day of school, the outlet reported citing Britain’s PA Media.
On February 22, 2022, People reported that Queen Elizabeth II had canceled some virtual meetings due to mild COVID-19 symptoms.
According to the outlet, Buckingham Palace said in a statement at the time: “As Her Majesty is still experiencing mild cold symptoms, she has decided not to embark on her scheduled virtual commitments today, but will continue with light duties.”
Several other members of the Royal House also tested positive at the time. Her diagnosis was first announced on Sunday, February 20, when Buckingham Palace said in a statement: “The Queen tested positive for Covid today. Her Majesty is experiencing mild cold symptoms but expects to continue light duties at Windsor over the next week… She will continue to receive medical attention and follow all applicable guidelines.”
In May 2022, a source told Us Weekly that the Queen had been advised to “take it easy, even if that means missing out on more features than she’d like”. They noted that her attendance at events was determined on a case-by-case basis and she would hand over her duties if she was not “100 percent.” They noted that she was adjusting, but had “more energy” because she didn’t overexert herself.
Then, in June 2022, she missed some Platinum Jubilee festivities due to health issues, Us Magazine reported. A source told Us Weekly she was “sharp as a whip” but had problems with “episodic mobility”.
In October 2021, Queen Elizabeth II was hospitalized overnight and canceled a visit to Northern Ireland, Us Magazine reported. In November 2021, Prince Charles told a reporter during a royal tour in Jordan: “Once you’re 95, it’s not as easy as it used to be. … It’s bad enough at 73.”
According to her Buckingham Palace biography, “The Queen has reigned longer than any other monarch in British history.” She also traveled more than any other monarch, noted her biography, and she was known for her “devotion to duty and dedication to a life of service.”
She worked with more than 600 charities, military organizations and public service organizations, according to the biography.
The Queen was the head of state, Buckingham Palace’s website explains, and while she had no political or executive role, she still had many constitutional duties dating back more than 1,000 years.
The website noted: “The Sovereign acts as a focus for national identity, unity and pride; gives a sense of stability and continuity; officially recognizes success and excellence; and supports the ideal of volunteering.”
While Queen Elizabeth II was originally third in line to the throne, according to her biography, she became first in line after King Edward VIII relinquished the throne to marry the woman he loved, leading to her father’s death. became king. When King George VI died on February 6, 1952, after a long illness, she became queen.
Her coronation took place on June 2, 1953.
Queen Elizabeth’s husband Prince Philip died on April 9, 2021 at the age of 99. Buckingham Palace announced at the time that he had passed away peacefully at Windsor Castle. He had been hospitalized several times in the years leading up to his death due to health problems.
Queen Elizabeth described Prince Philip as her “strength and stay,” Time reported.