Photo Credit: British Royal Family
Queen Elizabeth II died on Thursday, according to Buckingham Palace. She was 96 years old and the country’s longest-reigning Queen, having reigned for more than seven decades.
Her oldest son, Charles, who is now King Charles III, ascended the throne shortly following her death. “[It is] a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family,” said King Charles III.
“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,” the new monarchy head added.
The Royal Family announced the death of the Queen in a statement: “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”
Large crowds assembled outside the Balmoral Castle, where the Queen’s body was temporarily resting, after the news. Despite the torrential rains that Britain was now experiencing, hundreds of locals gathered at the castle and other royal palaces to pay their respects to the royal family.
The world is mourning the Queen’s death
Many international leaders offered their sympathies to the royal family in the aftermath of the announcement.
Pope Francis said to the King in a telegram, “Commending her noble soul to the merciful goodness of our Heavenly Father, I assure Your Majesty of my prayers that Almighty God will sustain you with his unfailing grace as you now take up your high responsibilities as King,” the Pope wrote.
“Upon you and all who cherish the memory of your late mother, I invoke an abundance of divine blessings as a pledge of comfort and strength in the Lord,” added the Pope.
A Downing Street spokeswoman also confirmed that Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Liz Truss met with King Charles III after learning of the Queen’s death late in the afternoon. The minister will meet with other leaders to discuss possible arrangements.
In a televised address, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon paid her respects to the Queen, “Like everyone across Scotland, the United Kingdom, indeed the world, I feel a deep sense of sadness on the death of Her Majesty the Queen. On behalf of the people of Scotland, I offer my sincere and heartfelt condolences to the King, the Queen Consort and to the entire royal family.”
Anthony Albanese, the Australian Prime Minister, also wrote to British countrymen, “From her famous first trip to Australia, the only reigning sovereign to ever visit, it was clear Her Majesty held a special place in her heart for Australia. Fifteen more tours before cheering crowds in every part of our country confirmed the special place she held in ours.”
Other foreign leaders, British artists, and actors have also expressed their condolences on the Queen’s departure. British authorities and the royal palace are set to sit down and finalize all preparations for the Queen’s death services, which are expected to draw massive gatherings.
Basic information about Queen Elizabeth
Fast Facts about Queen Elizabeth II
Birth date: April 21, 1926
Birthplace: London, England
Name: Elizabeth Alexandra Mary
Father: King George VI
Mother: Queen Elizabeth
Spouse: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (November 20, 1947-April 09, 2021, his death)
Edward, Earl of Wessex (March 10, 1964);
Andrew, Duke of York (February 19, 1960);
Anne, Princess Royal (August 15, 1950);
Charles, Prince of Wales (November 14, 1948)
From Prince Charles and Princess Diana: (1) Prince William and (2) Prince Henry ;
From Princess Anne and Mark Phillips: (3) Peter Phillips and (4) Zara Phillips;
From Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson: (5) Princess Beatrice and (6) Princess Eugenie;
From Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones: (7) Lady Louise Windsor and (8) James Windsor, (9) Viscount Severn
From Zara Phillips Tindall: (1) Mia Grace, (2) Lena Elizabeth and (3) Lucas Philip;
From Prince William: (4) George Alexander Louis, (5) Charlotte Elizabeth Diana and (6) Louis Arthur Charles;
From Peter Phillips: (7) Savannah and Isla;
From Prince Harry: (8) Archie Harrison and (9) Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor;
From Princess Eugenie: (10) August Philip Hawke Brooksbank;
From Princess Beatrice: (11) Sienna Elizabeth Mapelli Mozzi.
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