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At the age of 96, Queen Elizabeth II, who governed the UK for 70 years, passed away at Balmoral.
According to her son King Charles III, it was a “period of terrible pain” for him and his family, and her loss will be “deeply felt” all across the world.
Senior royals gathered at her Scottish home early on Thursday as health worries about her increased.
After taking the throne in 1952, the Queen witnessed a huge social transformation.
The nation will be led in mourning by Prince Charles, her first child and the new King of 14 Commonwealth nations.
He asserted that knowing how well revered and adored the Queen was by so many people will provide solace and support for him and his family during the coming time.
According to a statement from Buckingham Palace, the Queen passed away peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and Queen Consort will remain there through this evening before returning to London the following day.
All of the Queen’s children traveled to Balmoral, near Aberdeen, where she was placed under medical supervision.
Her grandson Prince William is also there, and Prince Harry is on his way.
She is the rock on which modern Britain was created, the Queen remarked in announcing the appointment of Prime Minister Liz Truss on Tuesday. She has provided us with the security and fortitude we require.
On the future King, she stated, “We promise to him our dedication and devotion, just as his mother gave so much, for so long, to so many people.
The period of austerity that followed World War II, the transition from an empire to a Commonwealth, the conclusion of the Cold War, and the UK’s membership in and exit from the European Union were all covered by Queen Elizabeth II’s tenure as head of state.
During her tenure as prime minister, 15 leaders held the position, including Ms. Truss, who was born in 1874, 101 years after Winston Churchill.
She met with her prime minister once a week for the duration of her administration.
When news of the Queen’s departure reached the crowds at Buckingham Palace in London who had been waiting for updates on her condition, they began to weep. A formal announcement of the passing was made outside at 18:30 BST, and the Union flag flying at the palace was lowered to half-mast.
Brief history of Queen Elizabeth II
The Queen was born Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor on April 21, 1926, in Mayfair, London.
Few could have guessed that Elizabeth would become the monarch, but in December 1936, her uncle Edward VIII abdicated the throne so he could marry American Wallis Simpson, who had already gone through two divorces.
Elizabeth’s father, King George VI, abdicated in favor of Lilibet, who was heir apparent at age ten and Elizabeth’s sister.
In three years, war broke out between Nazi Germany and Great Britain. Elizabeth and Princess Margaret, her younger sister, spent a significant amount of the war in Windsor Castle after their parents rejected suggestions that they are relocated to Canada.
Elizabeth, who was 18 at the time, finished five months of training with the Auxiliary Territorial Service to become a driver and a basic mechanic. “I started to understand the esprit de corps that thrives in the face of adversity,” she said after reflecting.
The couple’s love flourished, and on November 20, 1947, they were married at Westminster Abbey, with the prince taking the title of Duke of Edinburgh. During the course of the war, she wrote letters to her third cousin Philip, Prince of Greece, who was enlisting in the Royal Navy.
Before his 99th birthday death in 2021, she would subsequently refer to him as “my strength and stay” after 74 years of marriage.
Their eldest son, Charles, was born in 1948; Princess Anne was born in 1950; Prince Andrew in 1960; and Prince Edward in 1964. Between them, they gave their parents eight grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.
When Philip told Princess Elizabeth that her father had gone away in 1952, she immediately returned to London as the new monarch who had been representing the ailing King in Kenya.
On June 2, 1953, Queen Elizabeth, then 27 years old, was crowned in Westminster Abbey in front of an estimated 20 million viewers of the then-record TV broadcast.
The coming decades would see a lot of change as the British Empire collapsed abroad and the swinging ’60s destroyed social norms at home.
By engaging with the public through walkabouts, royal visits, and participation in public events, Elizabeth altered the monarchy for this less reverent era. She visited every Commonwealth nation at least once, indicating her unshakable commitment to the organization.