Queen Elizabeth II, Longest Reigning Monarch dies at 96

Queen Elizabeth II, Longest Reigning Monarch dies at 96

Queen Elizabeth II, Longest Reigning Monarch dies at the age of 96

Queen Elizabeth II, the world’s longest-reigning monarch, has died at the age of 96 after leading her people for more than seven decades.

Her amazing reign began in 1952 and lasted 15 British prime ministers and 14 American presidents. She inherited the throne of a country nearly shattered by the legacy of war, and she held it during a period of epochal upheaval for both the United Kingdom and the globe.

Queen Elizabeth II, the United Kingdom’s longest-reigned queen, died at the age of 96 in Balmoral, after reigning for 70 years. Her family met at her Scottish estate after health worries arose earlier in the day.

Since her accession to the throne in 1952, the Queen has witnessed an immense socioeconomic transformation. Her eldest son Charles, the former Prince of Wales, will lead the kingdom in mourning as the new King and head of state for 14 Commonwealth states upon her death.

His Majesty issued a statement. “The death of my beloved mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of great grief for me and all members of my family,” the King stated.

In a statement, His Majesty The King said: “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.

Why Was Queen Elizabeth II So Great?

Queen Elizabeth II’s reign as head of state covered postwar austerity, the transformation from empire to Commonwealth, the end of the Cold War, and the United Kingdom’s membership into – and exit from – the European Union.

Her reign lasted 15 years, beginning with Winston Churchill in 1874 and ending with Liz Truss, born 101 years later in 1975 and appointed by the Queen earlier this week. Throughout her reign, she met with her prime minister on a weekly basis.

The Queen was born Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born on April 21, 1926, in Mayfair, London. Few could have predicted she would become monarch, but in December 1936, her uncle, Edward VIII, abdicated the throne to marry Wallis Simpson, a twice-divorced American.

Elizabeth’s father became King George VI, and Lilibet, as she was called in the family, became heir to the kingdom at the age of ten. Britain was at war with Nazi Germany within three years. After their parents rejected recommendations that they are moved to Canada, Elizabeth and her younger sister, Princess Margaret, spent much of the wartime at Windsor Castle.

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Elizabeth served five months in the Auxiliary Territorial Service after turning 18 and was taught basic motor mechanics and driving abilities. “I began to comprehend the esprit de corps that thrives in the face of adversity,” she later remembered.

During the war, she corresponded with her third cousin, Philip, Prince of Greece, who served in the Royal Navy. Their relationship flourished, and the pair married on November 20, 1947, in Westminster Abbey, with the prince assuming the title of Duke of Edinburgh.

In 1952, Princess Elizabeth was in Kenya representing the ill King when Philip informed her that her father had died. She returned to London as the new Queen right away. “It was all very sudden taking on and doing the best job you could,” she later said.

Elizabeth was crowned at Westminster Abbey on June 2, 1953, at just the age of 25, in front of a then-record television viewership of more than 20 million people. With the end of the British Empire overseas and the swinging ’60s washing away societal standards at home, the next decades would witness significant upheaval.

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Queen Elizabeth II, A Timeless Figure To be Remembered Forever

In the public view, the Queen had remained a stoic, almost everlasting figure, carrying out her regal responsibilities despite the inconveniences of growing age and turbulent private life.

When Queen Elizabeth assumed the throne, the United Kingdom was the seat of a global Empire. Britain is now a minor participant on the global scene, but the Queen remains the sovereign leader of 15 countries, including Australia, Canada, and New Zealand, as well as the head of a Commonwealth of more than 50 countries. She toured the world as an advocate for British accomplishments, charitable deeds, and ideals.

Queen Elizabeth was also committed to preserving the “special connection” between the United Kingdom and the United States, meeting with every president from Harry Truman to Joe Biden during a 70-year span.

Queen Elizabeth also seemed exceptional yet ordinary at Prince Philip’s burial, which took place shortly after his death on April 9, 2021, after 73 years of marriage. Due to coronavirus limitations, the sight of the monarch quietly sitting alone in a pew at Windsor Castle became instantly famous, further burnishing her reputation as a stoic leader through good and terrible times.

Queen Elizabeth did not live an ordinary life, but she filled it with exceptional acts of public and private responsibility, whether it was carrying out the responsibilities of the state from the trappings of the throne or speaking quietly to a well-wisher in a throng.

Former British Prime Minister David Cameron described her as “a rock of stability in a moment when our country has changed so drastically.” “And we couldn’t be happier for her. She has always served her nation with elegance, integrity, and decency.”

Queen Elizabeth in Kenya
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What Happens To The Monarchy Now?

With the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles became King of the United Kingdom and 14 other countries, completing a 70-year wait – the longest by an heir in British history.

The position will be challenging. His late mother was well loved and revered, but she leaves a royal family with soiled reputations and troubled relationships, including continuing charges of racism against Buckingham Palace officials.

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What exactly is “Operation London Bridge?”

For some years, plans for the Queen’s succession have been in the works.

These arrangements, known as “Operation London Bridge” inside Buckingham Palace, concern the Queen’s burial and the succession of ceremonies that would lead to the next monarch’s ascension to the throne.

The prime minister (recently appointed Liz Truss) will be notified of the queen’s death over a secure line by civil workers who will speak the code: “London Bridge is down.”

The code word indicating a royal death dates back to Queen Elizabeth II’s father, King George VI, who died in 1952. His code word at the time was “Hyde Park Corner,” which alerted crucial government personnel to his murder.

Other code words for famous members of the royal family have also been implemented, such as Operation Tay Bridge for The Queen Mother and Operation Forth Bridge for Prince Philip.

Operation London Bridge is Queen Elizabeth’s code word, whereas Operation Menai Bridge is said to be Prince Charles’.

In a statement released Thursday, Charles, now His Majesty The King said: “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.

 

Charles has been the king since the Queen’s death, as there can never be any sovereign on the throne. In her Accession Day address in February 2022, the Queen stated that it is her “sincere wish” for his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, to be recognized as Queen Consort.

Queen Elizabeth II’s body will be prepared to lie in state, which means it will be displayed for public observation so that people may pay their respects.

The Queen will lay in state in Westminster Hall, followed by the funeral at Westminster Abbey. May her soul rest in peace.

 

Source of news: BBC, Times of India, Time.com, Reuters

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