Queen Elizabeth II passes away at age 96 after a historic 70-year reign, sending Britain and the rest of the globe into mourning for a lifetime of “service, duty, and devotion” that will never be matched. Charles becomes the new King
At 96 years old, Queen Elizabeth II’s passing is announced, capping the longest reign of any British monarch.
Today, as her children and grandchildren hurried to Balmoral, doctors began to worry about her health.
The world joins Britain in mourning and honouring its loving monarch who presided over it for 70 years.
Charles, the former Prince of Wales and the son of the queen, becomes king and will soon address the nation.
On February 6, 1952, at the age of just 25, Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary succeeded her father George VI as monarch.
15 British Prime Ministers—from Sir Winston Churchill to Liz Truss—and 14 US Presidents served throughout her reign.
And on September 9, 2015, she surpassed Queen Victoria’s record for the length of time a British monarch has reigned.
Former Prince of Wales and now King Charles is her son. He will speak to the astonished country soon as the globe mourns the loss of Britain’s longest-reigning king.
After doctors expressed “worry” for her health, all of her children hurried to Balmoral. Later, she passed away in her loved ones’ presence.
Her demise was verified around 6.30 p.m. According to a spokeswoman at Buckingham Palace, “The Queen passed away quietly at Balmoral this afternoon.” The King and the Queen Consort will spend this evening and tomorrow in Balmoral before flying back to London.
Millions of the Queen’s subjects in the UK and worldwide will grieve her loss during the 10 days of national mourning that will follow her death in Britain and her Commonwealth states.
In addition, there will be a celebration of her historic 70-year reign, which saw her reach her Platinum Jubilee this year—a milestone that is unlikely to be attained by another British monarch—as her son ascends to the throne.
For Her Majesty, regarded by many as the greatest Briton in history and unquestionably the most famous woman on the planet, tributes are already pouring in. She was the ultimate embodiment of Britishness to billions of people worldwide.
To her subjects at home, Her Majesty was the country’s bulwark, standing steady in the face of any storm, from the tumultuous years following World War II to, more recently, the pandemic. As she faced with tragedies and scandals within her own family, most recently the aftermath from Megxit and the passing of her adored husband Prince Philip, she remained unwavering.
Before his mother’s funeral, Charles and Camilla will tour the United Kingdom. On February 6, the Queen will crown Camilla as her eldest son’s Queen Consort in a historic speech to celebrate Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee and 70 years as monarch.
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