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Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain Dies at Age 96

The Queen served as a monarch for the longest period of time in recorded history.


The longest-reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II of Britain, passed away “peacefully” at Balmoral in the United Kingdom on the afternoon of September 8, 2022.

The Royal Family reported: “The Queen passed away peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will go back to London tomorrow.”

The 96-year-old monarch postponed a scheduled meeting with her top political advisers on September 7 because her doctors advised her to take it easy and rest. This happened the day after the Queen hosted an audience at Balmoral, her retreat in the Scottish Highlands, with outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his recently chosen successor, Liz Truss.

According to Kensington Palace, the Queen’s immediate family was notified that Prince Charles, the Queen’s son and successor to the throne, and his son Prince William had visited Balmoral. The Queen’s doctors are worried about her health and have advised that she stay under medical observation, according to a statement released by Buckingham Palace.

The Queen’s Personal Life

The Duke and Duchess of York’s first child, Elizabeth Alexandra Mary, was born in Mayfair, London, in 1926. (later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth). She received a private home education from a succession of native French-speaking governesses, where she learned the language. She also started to perform public tasks at this time. She participated in the Auxiliary Territorial Service during the Second World War, which started in 1939.

Elizabeth II married Philip Mountbatten, the former prince of Greece and Denmark, in 1947, and their marriage lasted 73 years until his death in April 2021. Together, they had four children: Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Charles, Prince of Wales. Anne, Princess Royal, and Prince Andrew were also born to them.

Elizabeth II ascends to the throne.

In order for Elizabeth II to serve as one of the five Counsellors of State in the event of her father’s disability or absence abroad, such as during his trip to Italy in July 1944, the Parliament amended the statute as she became 18. Additionally, she was designated in 1945 as an honorary second subaltern in the Auxiliary Territorial Service, the British Army’s female division during World War II.

Following her father’s passing in 1952, the 25-year-old Elizabeth was crowned head of the Commonwealth and monarch of seven sovereign Commonwealth nations: the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan, and Ceylon (Sri Lanka).

The Queen, who is regarded as the second-longest reigning sovereign monarch, made world history by becoming the oldest and longest-serving head of state in office, as well as the longest-living and longest-reigning British monarch.

She ruled as a constitutional monarch throughout a period of significant political change. The Queen ruled during the Troubles in Northern Ireland, the UK’s devolution, the liberation of Africa from colonial rule, and the UK’s membership in the European Communities and exit from the European Union.

The Queen is survived by her children and grandchildren. Prince Charles, the eldest son of the Queen, and Prince William, also the eldest, will take the throne immediately after them. Prince George, the younger son of William, is placed third in line, followed by Princess Charlotte and then their younger brother, Prince Louis. She is the first British princess to rank above her brother following the execution of the Perth Agreement, which replaced male-preference primogeniture with absolute inheritance. Though Prince Harry has officially renounced his rights, he remains sixth in line according to the Parliament Act as his birthright.

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Written by Yashika Goel

From Arts and Journalism background, Yashika is a graphic designer and content writer living in Delhi. When not working, you’ll find me eating pasta, travelling, reading books, drinking coffee or painting. Join me as I learn more about myself and show you how to love life daily!


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