BREAKING: Queen Elizabeth II has died, Buckingham Palace announces
Queen Elizabeth II, who ruled the UK for 70 years, passed away at Balmoral at the age of 96.
After worries about her health grew early on Thursday, her family gathered at her Scottish estate.
The Queen saw significant social change after ascending to the throne in 1952.
After her passing, her eldest son Charles, the former Prince of Wales, would take the throne as the new King and ruler of 14 Commonwealth states, leading the nation in grief.
His Majesty The King stated in a press release: “I, along with the rest of my family, are incredibly saddened by the passing of my mother, Her Majesty The Queen.
“We deeply lament the loss of a beloved Mother and beloved Sovereign. I’m confident that the nation, the Realms, the Commonwealth, and a huge number of people all over the world will be devastated by her passing.”
He stated that he and his family would be “comforted and sustained by our awareness of the respect and profound affection in which The Queen was so universally held” during the time of loss and transformation.
According to a statement from Buckingham Palace: “The Queen passed away peacefully this afternoon at Balmoral.
The King and the Queen Consort will spend this evening and tomorrow at Balmoral before departing for London.
Following the Queen’s placement under medical supervision, all of her children made their way to Balmoral, which is close to Aberdeen.
Prince William, her grandson, is also present, and Prince Harry is en route.
The reign of Queen Elizabeth II as head of state covered the post-World War II period of austerity, the change from an empire to a Commonwealth, the end of the Cold War, and the UK’s membership in – and exit from – the European Union.
15 prime ministers served during her reign, including Liz Truss, who was chosen by the Queen earlier this week and was born 101 years after Winston Churchill in 1975.
Throughout her rule, she met with her prime minister on a weekly basis.
Crowds waiting for information on the Queen’s condition at Buckingham Palace in London started wailing when they learned of her passing. At 18:30 BST, the Union flag above the palace was lowered to half-staff.
Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born the Queen on April 21, 1926, in Mayfair, London.
Few could have predicted she would become the monarch, but in December 1936, her uncle Edward VIII abdicated the monarchy in order to wed American Wallis Simpson, who had previously been divorced twice.
Elizabeth’s father, King George VI, abdicated in favor of her sister Lilibet, who was heir to the throne at the age of 10.
Britain and Nazi Germany were at war in three years. After their parents rejected recommendations that they be moved to Canada, Elizabeth and her younger sister, Princess Margaret, spent a large portion of the war at Windsor Castle.
Elizabeth, who was then 18 years old, completed five months training as a driver and basic mechanic with the Auxiliary Territorial Service. She subsequently reflected, “I started to comprehend the esprit de corps that thrives in the face of adversity.
She corresponded via letters with her third cousin Philip, Prince of Greece, who was enlisting in the Royal Navy, during the course of the conflict. The couple’s relationship flourished, and on November 20, 1947, they were married at Westminster Abbey, with the prince assuming the title of Duke of Edinburgh.
After 74 years of marriage, she would later refer to him as “my strength and stay” before his 99th birthday death in 2021.