Queen Elizabeth II Dies at 96

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After being in charge of the monarchy for 70 years, Queen Elizabeth II died at 96 years. She was the longest-serving monarch in the UK, and her death left people grieving inside and outside England.

Queen Elizabeth – Mourned By Many

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Per the spokesperson, Queen Elizabeth II died in peace and was surrounded by close family. At the time, she was resting at her Scottish estate, Balmoral Castle, continuing her summer vacation. King Charles III, who ascended the throne after his mother, said that her death was a “moment of great sadness” for him and other family members. He explained how people around the world feel the change and grieve with them. “We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished sovereign and a much-loved mother,” the new King stated. “I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.” The Queen occupied the throne beginning in 1952, continuing to look over the UK for 70 years.

As the family mourns, it will be “comforted and sustained by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which the Queen was so widely held,” the King continued. His wife Camilla also became Queen Consort. The death of the Queen means a huge change in the monarchy, the UK, and the whole society. Just before her death, the royal appointed Liz Truss to be England’s Prime Minister, who became one of the first to comment on the tragedy. “She provided us with the stability and strength that we needed,” Truss stated, calling the monarch a sturdy rock, which built modern Britain.

70 Years In Charge

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The Prime Minister didn’t hesitate to comment on the new King. “We offer him our loyalty and devotion, just as his mother devoted so much, to so many, for so long,” she said. “And with the passing of the second Elizabethan age, we usher in a new era in the magnificent history of our great country, exactly as Her Majesty would have wished, by saying the words ‘God save the King’.” The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby shared his sadness with the royal family and the Queen’s supporters. He prayed “with the King and the Royal Family,” per his words. The late Queen managed to go through many milestones for the UK. Her 70 years in charge included post-war times, transition to the Commonwealth, the end of the Cold War, and the UK’s time in the European Union. The head of the state also faced 15 prime ministers in total.

As soon as the news of the Queen’s worsening state came out, the crowd started gathering next to Buckingham Palace in London. People were heard crying when the Queen died.Then, the union flag on top of the palace was lowered to half-mast. Finally, an official message appeared outside of the palace. The universe seemed to be mourning, too. The crowds saw and took pictures of the double rainbow over Buckingham Palace. It appeared right after a huge rain washed down the streets of London.

Leaders of other countries also spoke out. The US President Joe Biden remembered her support after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Moreover, France’s President Emmanuel Macron called the Queen a friend of the nation.

Sources: BBC, Bloomberg, Reuters