Queen Elizabeth II, the UK’s longest-serving monarch, has died at Balmoral aged 96, after her long reign of 70 years. The Queen died peacefully on Thursday afternoon at her Scottish estate, where she had spent much of the summer.
The queen ascended the throne in 1952 and witnessed enormous social change. Her son king Charles III said the death of his beloved mother was a “moment of great sadness” for him and his family and that her loss would be “deeply felt” around the world.
During the coming period of mourning, he stated that he and his family would be “comforted and sustained by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which the queen was so widely held”.
King Charles III Statement
The royal family announced her death online saying that she died peacefully. The cause of death was not specified in the announcement.
Her death elevated her eldest son, Charles, to the throne as King Charles III. In a statement, he 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.
“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.”
She became for many the one constant point in a rapidly changing world as British influence reduced, society changed beyond recognition and the role of the monarchy itself came into question.
Her success with the way she maintained the monarchy through such a turbulent era was more remarkable given the fact that at the time of her birth, no one could have foreseen that the throne would be her destiny.
Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born on 21 April 1926, in a house just off Berkeley square in London, the first child of Albert, Duke of York, Second son George V, ad his duchess, the former lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon.
Both Elizabeth and her sister, Margaret Rose, who was born in 1930, were educated at home and brought up in a loving family atmosphere. Elizabeth was very close to her father and her grandfather, George V.
When the queen was six, Elizabeth told her riding instructor that she wanted to become a “country lady with tons of horses and dogs”.
It was stated that she has always shown an amazing sense of responsibility from a very early age. Winston Churchill, the future prime minister, was quoted as saying that she possessed “an air authority that was astonishing in an infant”.
Despite not attending school, Elizabeth proved adept at languages and made a detailed study of constitutional history. A special Girl guides company, the 1st Buckingham palace, was formed so that she could socialize with girls of her very own age.
Politicians Pay Tribute to Queen’s Warmth and Wisdom
Prime Minister Liz Truss lead the mourning, and stated that the queen had been “The rock on which modern Britain was built”. “Britain is the great country it is today because of her,” she added.
Ms Truss met the queen earlier this week in Scotland when she was appointed prime minister. Speaking from Downing Street, she said the Queen had been “determined” to continue carrying out her duties.
She stated that the nation should now come together to help the new monarch king Charles III “bear the awesome responsibility that he now carries for all”.
She concluded that “God save the King,”.
Ms. Truss was informed of the queen’s death at 16:30 BST by senior civil servant Simon case while was working in downing street, her official spokesmen have said. She had a conversation with the kind shortly after making her statement.
After the death of Goerge V in 1939, his eldest son, known as David, became Edward VIII. However, his choice of wife, the twice-divorced American Wallis Simpson, was deemed to be unacceptable on political and religious grounds. At the year’s end, he abdicated.
A reluctant Duke of York became king George VI. His coronation offered Elizabeth a foretaste of what lay in store for her and she later wrote that she had found the service “very, very wonderful”.
Against a Background of increasing tension in Europe, the new king, together with his wife, Queen Elizabeth, made it her goal to restore public faith in the monarchy. Their example remained on their daughter and wasn’t lost.
As of 1939, the 13-year-old princess accompanied the king and queen to the royal Naval college at Dartmouth. Together with her sister Margaret, she was escorted by one of the cadets, her third cousin, prince Philips of Greece.