A side profile of Queen Elizabeth II in black and white
HM The Queen at Buckingham Palace on 26th November 2001. Part of a series of photographs taken to commemorate the Golden Jubilee in 2002. (Photo by Lichfield Archive via Getty Images)
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End of a Reign

The passing of Queen Elizabeth II.

Queen Elizabeth II passed away at age 96 in her Scottish estate, leaving her people with a historical 70-year reign. Crowds now gather outside Buckingham Palace to mourn the United Kingdom’s longest-serving monarch.

After hearing the Queen went under medical supervision, all her children traveled to Balmora to be by her side. Prince William, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, and his wife Sophie, the Countess of Wessex. The royals arrived at Aberdeen Airport just before 4 p.m. Thursday, local time, and arrived at the queen’s estate an hour later. Prince Charles, with his wife Camilla, and sister, Princess Anne, arrived at Balmoral Castle earlier Thursday. 

Prior to her passing, The Queen stayed within the comforts of her Scottish estate for summer. Choosing to appoint Britain’s next prime minister, Liz Truss, within the comfort of her Scottish estate, away from Buckingham Palace. Which was the first to happen during her 70-year reign. Photos of the Queen and Ms. Truss sturred concern towards the true state of their Queen’s health. Drawn to the bruises on her hands many wondered if this was the reason she stayed. The resilient Queen had dodged several health-related scares in the past year. One major one involves when she tested positive for COVID-19 back in February.

As the family grieves such historical women of the British monarchy, as do their people. Consolidating words from his Majesty The King, released by Buckingham Palace, says, “I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.”

Prime Minister Liz Truss called Queen Elizabeth II “the rock on which modern Britain was built” on Thursday. Adding that the country had grown and flourished while under her reign. While difficult days are ahead, friends across the UK and Commonwealth alongside the world will come together and “celebrate [the Queen’s] extraordinary lifetime of service.” Ending the speech with, “God save the King.”

French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted that the Queen “embodied continuity and the unity of the British nation over 70 years. I retain the memory of a friend of France, a queen of hearts who marked as never before her country and her century.” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted, “She was a constant presence in our lives – and her service to Canadians will forever remain an important part of our country’s history.”

United States President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden pay their respects in a released statement. Saying the Queen “was the first British monarch to whom people all around the world could feel a personal and immediate connection—whether they heard her on the radio as a young princess speaking to the children of the United Kingdom, or gathered around their televisions for her coronation, or watched her final Christmas speech or her Platinum Jubilee on their phones. And she, in turn, dedicated her whole life to their service.”

In such an unreal reality, Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor passed away on Sept. 8, 2022, around 6 p.m. (local time) while in the comfort of her estate. Resting under the rain of Scotland. Surrounded by words from millions wishing she rest peacefully.

Logan Kent

Logan is an ambitious, yet head-strong, "underdog." He strives to support the overlooked and bring attention to both big and small happenings in the world through journalism.

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