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Queen Elizabeth II

The Queen has died aged 96, Buckingham Palace has announced.

“The Queen passed away peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and Queen consort will remain at Balmoral tonight and return to London tomorrow,” Buckingham Palace said.

Queen Elizabeth II was the longest-serving monarch in British history and the longest-serving head of state in the world.

Upon his death, the Queen’s eldest son and heir, Charles, the former Prince of Wales, became King of the United Kingdom and 14 Commonwealth realms.

No official details have been released on what will happen in the coming days, but it is expected that the Queen will be offered a full state funeral, as is traditional to mark the death of a monarch.

His body is also expected to be on display for the public to pay their respects.

The king will sign the final plans in the coming days.

A life of service

Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was born in London on April 21, 1926.

At the time, no one expected her to be queen as she was third in line to the throne behind her uncle and father.

During her record reign, she devoted her life to the service of her country and the Commonwealth.

In a radio address in 1947 on her 21st birthday, she said, “I declare before you all that my whole life, whether long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great family. imperial to which we all belong.”

Princess Elizabeth became queen in 1952 at the age of 25, when her father, King George VI, died.

His coronation took place 16 months later at Westminster Abbey.

The Queen held a number of other titles, which will now automatically pass to her son and heir.

She was Head of the Commonwealth, Commander-in-Chief of the British Armed Forces and Supreme Governor of the Church of England. She has also been a patron of over 600 charities and organizations.

wife, mother, grandmother

Away from her official duties, she was a devoted wife and mother of four children, and a devoted grandmother to eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

In 1947, she married her wartime lover Prince Philip at Westminster Abbey in a relatively simple ceremony as the country was still recovering from the war.

King George VI wrote to her about his feelings about giving her away: “I was so proud of you and delighted to have you so close to me on our long walk through Westminster Abbey, but when I reached out to the Archbishop, I felt that I had lost something very precious.”

The Queen gave birth to Prince Charles in 1948 and Princess Anne two years later. Prince Andrew and Prince Edward – born in 1960 and 1964 respectively – were the first children to be born to a reigning monarch since Queen Victoria had her family.

Until his death in 2021, the Duke of Edinburgh, “her beloved husband”, was always at the Queen’s side.

She described the Duke as his “consistent strength and stability” and in 2017 the couple celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary, the only royal couple to ever reach their platinum anniversary.

A record reign

The Queen’s reign has seen 15 different prime ministers, from Sir Winston Churchill to Liz Truss.

She has traveled more than any other international leader and the world’s longest-serving head of state, still using her own distinctive form of quiet diplomacy to represent the UK to the world.

In 2015, she also became Britain’s longest-serving monarch, surpassing the record set by her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria.

As head of state and head of the nation, Queen Elizabeth II was widely seen as a symbol of stability, working tirelessly to ensure the monarchy remained relevant during a time of immense social, technological and economic change. .

She was a peerless monarch who will now be mourned around the world.

what happens now

Upon the Queen’s death, Prince Charles immediately became the new monarch.

A period of national mourning has begun and is expected to last until the funeral, which is expected to take place in 10 days.

His body will be moved to Buckingham Palace, where he will likely remain for five days.

The government should not announce any other business, unless it is urgent, so that attention is fully focused on the Queen.

Major sporting events, including football and cricket matches, could now be postponed as a mark of respect.

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