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RIP Queen Elizabeth II: Longest ruling monarch in British history dead at 96

Only days after greeting new prime minister, Queen Elizabeth dies at Balmoral Castle in Scotland

Published September 8, 2022 2: 38PM (EDT)

Queen Elizabeth II attends Easter service at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle on April 16, 2017 in Windsor, England.(Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

Queen Elizabeth II, whosucceeded her father, King George VI, during his death in February 1952, passed on on Thursday at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. Her health have been in obvious decline recently, although she was sufficiently on Tuesday to meet up with both outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Liz Truss, his newly appointed successor. Official word of the queen’s death came in a statement fromBuckingham Palace saying that Elizabeth had died peacefully and that”The King and The Queen Consort” that’s, the former Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla “will stay at Balmoral tonite and will go back to London tomorrow.”

Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was only 27 during her coronation and, implausible as this might seem, was the longest reigning monarch in British history. She was 11yrs . old when her father became king in 1936, and assumed the throne herself just 16 years later. Her coronation occurred on June 2, 1953 atWestminster Abbey, as has been the custom for 900 years, and was the initial such ceremony to be broadcast on live television. Even though modern British monarchy is entirely ceremonial and the queen had no role in politics and government, Elizabeth’s long reign encompassed a massive swath of recent history, like the Korean War, Britain’s war in the Falklands, the finish of the Cold War, the election of Britain’s first woman prime minister and both U.K.’s admission to europe and its exit.

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh on the day of their coronation, Buckingham Palace, 1953Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh on your day of these coronation, Buckingham Palace, 1953. (The Print Collector/Getty Images)

Related:God save Queen Elizabeth II, who tested positive for COVID with “mild cold-like symptoms”

Elizabeth was often credited with modernizing the British monarchy and encouraging members of the royal family to prioritize public service, and encouraged the others of her family to take action aswell. Her greatest test as monarch likely came following the death of her charismatic and controversial daughter-in-law, Princess Diana, in a 1997 motor vehicle accident. Elizabeth came under some criticism for avoiding a show of public mourning, instead retreating to Balmoral with her grandsons Prince William and Prince Harry, who have been young children at that time.


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Recently, the queen also had to take care of Prince Harry’s decision to leave from his royal duties and leave England, largely with regard to his wife, Meghan Markle,the Duchess of Sussex, and most probably because he feared the results of the type of publicity that had damaged his mother. By all accounts, Harry had the support of the queen, who simply said that “Harry, Meghan and Archie [their only child at the time] will be much loved family.”

Although Queen Elizabeth clearly didn’t love media scrutiny, she didn’t shy from it either, appearing with Daniel Craig in a brief film for the2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony, sufficient reason for Prince Harry in a reply to Barack and Michelle Obama’s Invictus Games challenge. Apparently she had actually watched episodes of “The Crown,” and enjoyed them:

“Edward and Sophie love The Crown,” a senior royal source said. “It’s been a longstanding arrangement they drive to Windsor at the weekend to become listed on the queen for a casual supper while you’re watching TV or perhaps a film. They will have a Netflix account and urged her to view it using them. Happily, she really liked it, although obviously there have been some depictions of events that she found too heavily dramatized.”

Famously, Elizabeth was an animal lover especially keen on corgis, and kept several at the same time that followed her everywhere she went. It’s been estimated that during the period of her 70-year reign, she owned around 30 corgis, reportedly preferring them to other breeds because of their energy and untamed spirit. Her first corgi, named Susan, was something special from her father on her behalf 18th birthday, in accordance with Reader’s Digest.

Queen Elizabeth ll arrives at Aberdeen Airport with her corgisQueen Elizabeth ll finds Aberdeen Airport with her corgis to start out her holidays in Balmoral, Scotland in 1974. (Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)

In February of the year, the queen tested positive for COVID and experienced “mild cold-like symptoms” soon after the Platinum Jubilee celebrating her 70 years on the throne. From that time onward her health was clearly in decline, but she maintained at the very least an abbreviated working arrangements right around your day before her death. As noted, on Tuesday she had performed the state ritual of accepting the outgoing prime minister’s resignation and welcoming the brand new leader of Parliament over a cup of tea.

Queen Elizabeth II Queen Elizabeth II attends an MILITARY Act of Loyalty Parade at the Palace of Holyroodhouse on June 28, 2022 in Edinburgh, UK. (Jane Barlow – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

In this online video, Elizabeth jokes concerning the cake on her behalf Platinum Jubilee being presented facing the press corps rather than her because “she’s not important.”

Queen Elizabeth II is survived by her son, now King Charles III, and his wife Camilla, now officially referred to as the queen consort. Her other surviving children are PrincessAnne, Prince Edward and the semi-exiledPrince Andrew, whose reputation has been permanently tarnished by his association with Jeffrey Epstein. Among her dozen grandchildren, Prince William, the brand new king’s eldest son, is currently next in line for the throne.


Kelly McClure is really a journalist and fiction writer who lives in New Orleans. She actually is Salon’s Nights and Weekends editor, and her work has been featured in Vulture, The A.V. Club, Vanity Fair, Cosmopolitan, Nylon, Vice, and elsewhere. She actually is the writer of Something is definitely Happening Somewhere

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