“The Queen passed away peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and return to London tomorrow,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement.
Looking back on the monarch’s magical reign, here are some key moments to remember and cherish.
The iconic coronation
It was on June 2, 1953, when the whole world witnessed the coronation ceremony of Queen Elizabeth II – the first ever to be televised. According to the royal family, 27 million people in the UK out of a total population of 36 million watched the show.
The first “walk”
Breaking with age-old royal tradition, the Queen stepped out and greeted crowds of people while touring Australia and New Zealand in May 1970. Never before had a member of the royal family had such close encounters with the public.
The Queen has sent her first email
At a time when the Internet wasn’t even invented, Queen Elizabeth II became the first monarch to send an email. It used a network called ARPANET, a precursor to the World Wide Web.
Silver Jubilee Celebrations
June 7, 1977 marked the Queen’s 25th year on the throne, where she celebrated her Silver Jubilee at St. Paul’s Cathedral. She was accompanied by her husband Prince Philip, who stood tall beside her. The Queen also visited Canada, Australia, New Zealand and made an extensive tour of 36 counties in the United Kingdom, meeting citizens of the Commonwealth where she was head of state.
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While the Queen’s reign was grand and grand, it was not without its ups and downs. In 1992, not only did Prince Charles and Princess Diana divorce, but Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson also divorced, which was a big blow to the royal family. Queen Elizabeth called it “annus horribilis”.
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The first to ever open the doors of Buckingham Palace to the public
In 1993, the doors of Buckingham Palace were opened to the general public for the first time in the history of the British monarchy. The money raised from the entrance fees was used to rebuild parts of Windsor Castle that were damaged during a fire in 1992.
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When he visited the Republic of Ireland
It was 1911 when King George V last visited Ireland, which was then part of the United Kingdom. However, Queen Elizabeth’s first state visit to the now independent Republic of Ireland in 2011 made her the first monarch to do so.
In 2012, Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her Diamond Jubilee – 60 years as Queen. It surpassed the record of Queen Victoria’s reign of 63 years and 216 days.
Death of Prince Philip
On 9 April 2021, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and husband of Queen Elizabeth II died aged 99. He was the longest serving royal consort in world history.
On 6 February this year (2022), Her Majesty The Queen became the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom.
The last moments
On Tuesday, September 6, Conservative Party leader Liz Truss was officially appointed as Britain’s new prime minister by Queen Elizabeth II, becoming the country’s third female prime minister.
Two days later, the Queen was kept under medical observation and her doctors expressed concern for her health.
Unfortunately, the 96-year-old head of state passed away.