UK: Queen Elizabeth II dies at 96
Queen Elizabeth II, the oldest and longest-serving monarch of the United Kingdom, passed away at her Scotland home on Thursday evening. The 96-year-old monarch breathed her last on Thursday alongside members of the royal family at the Balmoral Palace in the Scottish Highlands. Buckingham Palace had released a statement about the Queen being unwell hours before her death.
Scenes outside Buckingham Palace; a double rainbow appears
She was under medical supervision
The Queen had reportedly been on a summer break in Scotland since July and had been experiencing trouble walking and standing since October last year. The longest-lived British Monarch, Queen Elizabeth, is the longest-reigning and longest-serving head of the state. The statement from Buckingham Palace, conveying medical concern over her health, was highly unusual, analysts said earlier.
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Queen Elizabeth, a monarch who was known to always put duty first, ruled over Britain for 70 years. She came to the throne at the age of 22 in 1952 after the sudden demise of her father King George VI. Members of the royal family gathered at the Balmoral Palace on Thursday afternoon to pay tributes to her many years of service.
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Speaking moments after the announcement of her death, PM Liz Truss said, "We are all devastated...Queen Elizabeth II was the rock upon which modern Britain was built." Paying her tribute to King Charles, Truss said the UK must now support him with "loyalty and devotion."
Queen to be given a full state funeral
Queen Elizabeth's eldest son, Prince Charles, is now the King of the United Kingdom, and will also rule 14 Commonwealth realms, including Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. According to the BBC, the Queen will be given a full state funeral and her body will lie in state for the public to pay tribute. King Charles will sign off on the final plans soon.
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The life of Queen Elizabeth
Over her seven-decade-long tenure, she guided the UK through post-war austerity, the end of the Cold War, and UK's entry and exit from the European Union. She saw 15 prime ministers - from Winston Churchill to Liz Truss, who she christened in earlier this week. Born as Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor on April 21, 1926, the Queen breathed her last on September 8, 2022.Share this timeline