Long Live the Queen!
Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning monarch in British history, has passed away this Thursday morning, September 8th.
The Queen has been under medial supervision for approximately a week, officials say. "Following further evaluation this morning, The Queen's doctors are concerned for Her Majesty's health and have recommended she remain under medical supervision," the Palace announced in a public statement at 5 AM, local Pacific Time. (https://www.royal.uk/statement-buckingham-palace)
Passing at age 96, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth reigned for 70 years. She is the longest reigning royal of Britain in history, leading her country since 1952. Through rapidly changing times, the Queen's reign transformed Britain from a country rapidly losing power out of World War II, to a diverse, thriving modern country.
Throughout her reign, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth became one of the most successful royals of Britain, devoting her life to the service of her people. She was the first monarch to visit both Australia and New Zealand during her reign. She met with world leaders from across the Americas and Europe, creating strong friendships with various countries along the way.
The Queen at the Trooping the Color parade in London, for her Platinum Jubilee celebration in June 2022. The first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, the 70-year milestone on the throne. See more at https://www.cnn.com/2022/09/08/europe/gallery/queen-elizabeth-ii/index.html
At Buckingham Palace in London, crowds outside waiting for updates on the Queen’s health conditions began to cry as they heard of her passing. The flag above the royal palace was lowered to half-mast as an official notice was posted announcing the death. Mourners outside gathered to sing the national anthem, honoring their Queen.
"Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II embodied the British nation's continuity and unity for over 70 years," stated French President Emmanuel Macron. "I remember her as a friend of France, a kind-hearted queen who has left a lasting impression on her country and her century."
Queen Elizabeth’s reign spanned 15 prime ministers. From Winston Churchill through World War II (born in 1874) and Prime Minister Liz Truss, born 101 years later in 1975. Prime Minister Truss, appointed by the Queen just this Tuesday, paid her respects, saying the Queen "provided us with the stability and strength that we needed."
BBC News: "The announcement of the Queen's death on BBC News"
"I declare before you all," the Queen said in her 21-year-old speech into adulthood, "that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service, and to the service of our great imperial family, to which we all belong," and she certainly did. Long live the Queen!
By: Victor Peng