The sad news hovered around the world on Friday when it was announced Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, and also the longest reigning monarch in the history has passed away. She died peacefully at the Balmoral Castle on 8th September, 2022, ending her reign of 70 glorious years.
Queen Elizabeth was born on 21st April, 1926, at 2:40 (GMT), during the reign of her paternal grandfather, King George V. Her father was Prince Albert, Duke of York (later King George VI), and her mother was Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (later Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother). Her only sibling was her younger sister, Princess Margaret, born in 1930. As a kid, she was called by her nickname Lilibet. She married Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark in 1947 at Westminster Abbey in London.
Lilibet became the Queen in 1952 after her father King George VI passed away. At that time, she was at her Kenyan home, Sagana Lodge, with Prince Philip. Upon hearing the news, they immediately fled to Buckingham Palace. However, her coronation took place a year after the death of the King because of the tradition of allowing an appropriate length of time to pass after a monarch dies.
She has four children: Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.
The Deterioration of her Health:
It is said that her health started to deteriorate after the death of her husband, Prince Philip, back in April 2021, and whenever she made public appearances, she used to be seen walking using a stick. Also on 20th October 2021, the COP26 submission in Glasgow and the 2021 National Service of Remembrance, had to be canceled due to her health issues, including a sprained back.
In February 2022, the late Queen tested positive for COVID-19, among with several other people at Windsor Castle. Fortunately, her symptoms were mild and cold-like, and she later commented saying that the disease “does leave one very tired and exhausted”. However, she soon got healthy and resumed her official duties on March 1st.
Just two days before Her Majesty’s death, she accepted the resignation of the former UK President Boris Johnson and appointed Liz Truss as the new Prime Minister at Balmoral Castle. This is usually done at Buckingham Palace but since the Queen was on a holiday, this event took place at Balmoral Castle, where she took her last breath.
The Late Queen was also scheduled to attend an online meeting of the Privy Council of the United Kingdom to swear in new ministers in Truss’s government on 7th September, but the meeting was postponed after she was advised to rest by doctors.
The death of The Queen was announced via the official Twitter account of the Royal Family at 18:30 BST. It states:
“The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and the Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”
The TV networks worldwide interrupted their programs to announce the sad news. News presenter Huw Edwards read the above statement during a live broadcast across all BBC Television channels after which the national anthem was played.
It has been said that The Queen died with two of her children, Prince Charles and Princess Anne, at her bedside.
So, who is the new monarch of the United Kingdom now?
The Queen’s eldest son Charles, Prince of Wales, was immediately crowned as the King and ascended the throne of the United Kingdom and fourteen other Commonwealth realms.
PM Liz Truss made the first de facto authoritative announcement concerning the King’s regal name when she stated, “Today the Crown passes – as it has gone for more than a thousand years – to our new monarch, our new head of state: HIS MAJESTY KING CHARLES III”.
She continued, “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’”.
Shortly after, the new King released a statement saying:
“The death of my beloved Mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family.
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 the respect and deep affection in which The Queen was so widely held.”
Charles III’s wife, Camila Parker Bowles, will serve as the Queen Consort. However, no official date has been published for the coronation of the King and Queen Consort.
The funeral of the Queen is expected to take place 12 days after her death.
A tearful crowd outside Buckingham Palace broke into the “God Save the King” anthem for the first time, replacing “God Save the Queen”.
Heartfelt thoughts go out to the Royal Family in this time of sorrow. May Queen Elizabeth II rest in peace.