Queen Elizabeth II has died aged 96, Buckingham Palace announces | New News

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The Queen has died aged 96, Buckingham Palace has announced.

“The Queen passed away peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this afternoon and return to London tomorrow,” Buckingham Palace said.

Queen Elizabeth II was the longest-reigning monarch in British history and the oldest head of state in the world.

After her death, the Queen’s eldest son and heir, Charles, the former Prince of Wales, became King of the United Kingdom and the 14 Commonwealth realms.

No official details have been released about what will happen in the coming days, but it is expected that the Queen will be given a full state funeral, as is traditional for the death of a monarch.

It is also expected that her body will be in state to allow the public to pay their respects.

The King will sign off on the final plans in the coming days.

A lifetime of service

Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was born in London on April 21, 1926.

At the time, no one expected her to be queen as she was third in line to the throne behind her uncle and father.

During her record-breaking reign, she devoted her life to the service of her country and the Commonwealth.

In a 1947 radio address on her 21st birthday, she said: “I declare before you that my whole life, whether long or short, will be devoted to your service and to the service of our great imperial family to which I all belong.”

Princess Elizabeth became Queen in 1952 at the age of 25 when her father, King George VI, died.

Her coronation took place 16 months later in Westminster Abbey.

The Queen held a number of other titles, which will now pass automatically to her son and heir.

He was head of the Commonwealth, commander-in-chief of the British Armed Forces and supreme governor of the Church of England. He was also a patron of more than 600 charities and organizations.

Wife, mother, grandmother

Away from her official duties, she was a devoted wife and mother to four children and a devoted grandmother to eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

In 1947, she married her sweetheart, Prince Philip, at Westminster Abbey in a relatively simple ceremony as the country was still recovering from the war.

King George VI wrote of his feelings when he gave her away: “I was so proud of you and delighted to have you so close to me on our long walk to Westminster Abbey, but when I gave your hand to the Archbishop I felt I had lost something very valuable.”

The Queen gave birth to Prince Charles in 1948 and Princess Anne two years later. Prince Andrew and Prince Edward – born in 1960 and 1964 respectively – were the first children born to a reigning monarch since Queen Victoria had her own family.

Until his death in 2021, the Duke of Edinburgh, “her beloved husband”, was always at the Queen’s side.

She described the Duke as her “steady strength and stay” and in 2017 the couple celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary, the only royal couple ever to reach their platinum anniversary.

A record breaking reign

The Queen’s reign has had 15 different prime ministers, from Sir Winston Churchill to Liz Truss.

She traveled more than any other international leader and is the world’s oldest head of state, always using her signature style of quiet diplomacy to represent the UK around the world.

In 2015, she also became the longest-reigning British monarch in history, surpassing the record held by her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria.

As head of state and leader of the nation, Queen Elizabeth II was widely seen as a symbol of stability, working tirelessly to ensure the monarchy remained relevant during a period of enormous social, technological and economic change.

She was a monarch without equal who will now be mourned throughout the world.

what is happening now

After the Queen’s death, Prince Charles immediately became the new monarch.

National mourning has begun and is expected to last until the funeral, which is expected to take place in 10 days.

Her body will be taken to Buckingham Palace, where it will likely lie for five days.

The government is not expected to announce any other business, unless it is urgent, allowing the focus to be entirely on the Queen.

Major sporting events, including football and cricket matches, could now be postponed as a mark of respect.

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