Queen Elizabeth II dies ‘peacefully at Balmoral’ aged 96


At the age of 96, Queen Elizabeth II passed away.

After months of escalating health concerns, Queen Elizabeth, Britain’s longest-serving queen and head of state for seven decades, passed away on Thursday at the age of 96, according to Buckingham Palace.
Her eldest son, Charles, is now King.
Just after 6:30 p.m. local time on Thursday (3:30 a.m. Friday AEST), Buckingham Palace issued a statement stating the Queen had passed away at her Balmoral estate in the Scottish Highlands.
Following her father’s passing in 1952, the queen, who took the throne at the age of 25, experienced “episodic mobility challenges” in recent months that curtailed her public appearances and briefly disabled her with Covid-19 earlier this year.
She had given more of her formal commitments to her grandson and future king, Prince William, the Duke of Cornwall and Cambridge, as well as to her successor, Charles, who will now become King Charles III. Charles will become the oldest monarch in British history at the age of 73.
It was the first time in her reign that Queen Elizabeth, who has recently started using a walking stick, did not travel to London’s Buckingham Palace to urge the new prime minister to form a cabinet, which is one of her responsibilities as head of state. There have been 15 prime ministers during her reign, the first being Winston Churchill.
The King and the Queen Consort will spend this evening and tomorrow in Balmoral before flying back to London.
In a statement, Charles, who will be known as King Charles III, expressed his “deepest anguish” over the passing of his “loving mother” and that of his entire family.

“We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much-loved Mother,” he said.

“I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.

“During this period of mourning and change, my family and I will be comforted and sustained by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which The Queen was so widely held.”

The Queen chose Liz Truss as Britain’s prime minister on Tuesday, and she referred to the late monarch as “the rock on which modern Britain was constructed.”

 

“Our country has grown and flourished under her reign,” Ms Truss said.

“Britain is the great country it is today because of her.”

Buckingham Palace announced on Thursday that the queen’s doctors were “concerned” for her health and recommended that she remain “under medical supervision,” a rare statement on her health before her death was confirmed later that day. On Wednesday, the queen canceled a Zoom meeting with the Privy Council at the request of her doctors.
Her passing occurred 17 months after Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, passed away at the age of 99.
On Thursday evening, when throngs gathered outside Buckingham Palace and a double rainbow appeared in the London sky just before sunset, world leaders voiced their sorrow at her loss.
As a “stateswoman of unsurpassed dignity,” US President Joe Biden praised the late Queen Elizabeth, and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said she was “widely recognized for her grace, decency and dedication around the world.”
King Charles received the following message from Russian President Vladimir Putin: “For many years, Elizabeth II justifiably enjoyed the love and respect of her subjects as well as authority on the international scene. I hope you have the fortitude to bear this severe, irreparable loss.
The queen’s visit with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Britain, during which she presented him a handkerchief given to her by Mahatma Gandhi at her wedding, was described as “painful” by Modi on Twitter.
French President Emmanuel Macron said: “I remember her as a friend of France, a kind-hearted queen who has left a lasting impression on her country and her century”.

Honour guard all the way to London

On Friday morning local time, the Queen’s body is anticipated to be transported from Balmoral to the adjacent city of Aberdeen.
The Royal Train will then transport it through Scotland’s east coast to Edinburgh, the country’s capital.
Mourners are anticipated to line the path, and at several locations, kilted soldiers will form guards of honor.
The Queen’s casket will spend the day in Holyroodhouse, the royal palace that serves as Edinburgh’s official royal residence.
The Queen’s remains will subsequently be brought in procession through the historic Royal Mile and the medieval district of Edinburgh to the historic St. Giles’ Cathedral, which lies close to Edinburgh Castle.
The Queen’s remains will subsequently be brought in procession through the historic Royal Mile and the medieval district of Edinburgh to the historic St. Giles’ Cathedral, which lies close to Edinburgh Castle.
The Queen’s body will be returned to the Royal Train when the festivities in Scotland are over, and it will make a slow trip past vast crowds of mourners, including members of the military forces and emergency services who will form an honor guard on every platform, to London’s St. Pancras station.
After that, it’s anticipated that her body would be brought to Buckingham Palace’s throne room and laid to rest for four days in Westminster Hall.
Prior to the Queen’s burial, which according to convention will take place on April 12, the UK has designated a period of 10 days of national mourning.
Charles will be proclaimed as the new monarch when the Accession Council meets in the upcoming hours.
This declaration will be read out from a balcony at St. James’s Palace and from other significant points throughout the Commonwealth and the United Kingdom.
Prior to returning to London to say his final goodbyes to his mother, King Charles will attend accession celebrations in Wales and Scotland.

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