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The United Kingdom and 15 other Commonwealth realms’ monarch Queen Elizabeth II faced death at 96.
She died peacefully on Thursday afternoon at Balmoral Castle, her Scottish residence. The news was broken through the British royal family’s official Twitter handle.
Her successor will be her eldest son, Charles.
Recently, the Queen was captured meeting Liz Truss, the new British prime minister, on Tuesday at Balmoral. Meanwhile, on Wednesday, it was announced that the Queen would not attend a virtual meeting of the Privy Council, a body that gives advice to the British monarch, due to her doctor’s advice of rest.
On Thursday morning, Buckingham Palace released a statement saying the Queen’s doctors were worried about her health and had advised she be under close medical supervision.
In 1926, Queen Elizabeth II was born in London. She was the first child of the Duke and Duchess of York, who became King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1936 after King Edward VIII abdicated from the throne.
During that time, Elizabeth became the presumptive heir to the throne. Elizabeth, known as “Lilibet” by her close family, was home-schooled along with her younger sister and only sibling, Princess Margaret.
In November 1947, Elizabeth – who had already started doing her public duties during the Cold War – tied the knot with Philip Mountbatten, a former prince of Greece and Denmark. The couple had exchanged letters since the day they met when she was 13 years old.
Elizabeth married Philip on November 20, 1947, at Westminster Abbey and was still married to Philip until his death on April 9, 2021.
After their wedding, the pair first rented Windlesham Moor, near Windsor Castle, prior to taking residence in London at the Clarence House in July 1949.
Elizabeth and Her Reign
Elizabeth’s reign was long and peaceful, although there were visible changes throughout her country, the evolution of the Commonwealth, and the existence of anti-monarchist thinking in Britain in recent decades.
Earlier this year, she celebrated her Platinum Jubilee, passing the 70-year mark on the throne. The achievement was honored across her realms, the wider Commonwealth, and beyond.
Queen Elizabeth has done countless state visits to other nations and Commonwealth tours throughout her reign. This made her the most widely traveled head of state until now.
The Queen had many milestones in her life, including her surpassing her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria as the longest-living British monarch on December 21, 2007. She has also been portrayed several times in pop culture.
Shortly after her death, the Queen’s son Charles, the new King, released a statement.
“The death of my beloved Mother, Her Majesty the Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all the members of my family,” he began.
“We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much-loved Mother. I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world. During this period of mourning and change, my family and I will be comforted and sustained by our knowledge of respect and deep affection in which the Queen was so widely held.”
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