Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest serving monarch, peacefully passed away yesterday at age 96. She spent one day under medical supervision before passing, surrounded by her family.
According to the BBC, “…crowds awaiting updates on the Queen’s condition began crying as they heard of her death”. The Queen was beloved by her people and many outside of her own country.
The death of my beloved Mother, Her Majesty the Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family.King Charles III
Her son, now King Charles III, will rule as her successor and be crowned in months to come. These next few weeks will be spent honoring her life and legacy, through the Royal Family’s time of mourning, flags flown at half-mast, students released from school for a week, and an upcoming state funeral.
Life and legacy
Eldest daughter to the Duke and Duchess of York, Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born on April 21, 1926.
A princess at the time, Elizabeth grew up during World War II and released her first broadcast at age 14 with her younger sister, offering words of comfort to the people of Britain.
She married Prince Philip in 1947 and had three children with him: Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward.
Following the death of her father, Elizabeth took the throne as Queen at the age of 24.
At age 21, the Queen vowed to devote her life to service, a promise she kept throughout her reign. She did her best to keep the Royal Family together despite several scandals and hardships, kept her country anchored in times of trouble, represented the United Kingdom, dedicated to charity, and was known as a symbol of constancy and stability.
Although occasionally criticized by the public, the Queen was beloved by her subjects and millions mourn for her. She passed away peacefully on Thursday, Sept. 8 of 2022, surrounded by family with more rushing to her bedside.
The Queen, now retired to history, will be remembered and honored by citizens around the world, especially in her home country.