Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's longest-serving monarch, died peacefully at the age of 96 this Thursday, 08/09/2022. The Queen’s health had been of public concern after she canceled a trip to Northern Ireland in October 2021 due to her deteriorating mobility, only six months after her husband of 73 years, Prince Phillip, passed away. She once described him as her “strength and stay all these years”.
In recent times, the Queen had taken on fewer public duties, occasionally canceling appearances in which her attendance was usually expected. After rest recommendations regarding her medical state, she broke tradition for the first time throughout her reign and relocated the symbolic event of appointing her new Prime Minister (Liz Truss) from Buckingham Palace to Balmoral Castle.
Buckingham Palace claims Queen Elizabeth’s family was soon warned of her dire medical state and joined her at Balmoral Castle, her residing home in Scotland. Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward headed alongside the former heir to the crown, King Charles III, to be with their mother. For the moment, the King and his Queen Consort will stay the night in Scotland and head to London tomorrow.
Her Majesty witnessed, ever since taking the crown at the age of 25, fifteen prime ministers and fourteen U.S. Presidents step into their jobs. She successfully ruled the United Kingdom and 14 other sovereign countries. She outlived her husband, her sister, and everyone’s expectations. Winston Churchill was right when, regarding Elizabeth’s long ascent to the throne, he claimed he felt “a thrill in invoking once more the prayer and the anthem, “God save the Queen!”