News came from Buckingham Palace on Thursday that Queen Elizabeth ll, the Britain’s longest-reigning monarch and the nation’s icon for seven decades, has passed away at the age of 96.
According to a statement released by Buckingham Palace, “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon.”
Her eldest son Charles, who is 73 years old, is the heir apparent to the thrones of the United Kingdom and 14 other kingdoms, including Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. But as it stands now, his son Prince William will take over from where his GrandMa has laid the batton.
After doctors voiced concerns, her family rushed to Balmoral Castle in Scotland to be by her side. Since the end of last year, she has been experiencing what Buckingham Palace has termed “episodic mobility issues,” causing her to cancel practically all public appearances.
70 years on the throne
Queen Elizabeth II, the oldest and longest-reigning monarch in the world, ascended the throne upon the passing of her father, King George VI, on February 6, 1952. She was just 25 years old.
Queen Elizabeth II’s tenure as head of state spanned post-war austerity, the transition from empire to Commonwealth, the end of the Cold War, and the UK’s entry and exit from the European Union.
Her reign spanned 15 prime ministers, starting with Winston Churchill, born in 1874, and including Liz Truss, born 101 years later in 1975, and appointed by the Queen earlier this week.
He had weekly audiences with his prime minister throughout her reign.
The queen was born Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor, in Mayfair, London, on April 21, 1926.
Queen Elizabeth ll and her husband, Prince Philip.
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