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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
I’m sure you all know by now that our beloved queen – Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II – has died.
She died peacefully at Balmoral Castle in Scotland – her favourite home!
She died in the late afternoon of 8th of September, 2022.
I was just saying to my colleague, just a few hours earlier, that I expected the Queen to live to at least until she’s 100, and then I heard the news.
My husband told me.
And then my brother called me on the phone.
And then the world went dark.
The Queen was an old lady, but all the same, it was a terrible shock.
I was most distressed.
And then I cried. 🙁
Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor (21 April 1926 – 8 September 2022) was the first child of Albert, Duke of York, second son of George V, and his duchess, the former Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, later to be known as King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (the Queen Mother) herself!
The Duke of York (her father) acceded to the throne in 1936 after his brother – King Edward VIII opted to marry Wallis Simpson and thus caused a constitutional crisis by abdicating the throne.
Because of this unforeseen moment in history, Elizabeth then became heir to the throne.
She was educated privately at home and began to undertake public duties during the Second World War, serving in the Auxiliary Territorial Service.
In November 1947, she married Philip Mountbatten, a former prince of Greece and Denmark, and their marriage lasted 73 years until his death in April 2021.
They have four children: Charles, Anne, Andrew, and Edward, and eight grandchildren who include Prince William (heir to the throne) and Prince Harry.
Elizabeth II was Queen of the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth realms from 6 February 1952 until her death in 2022.
She was queen regnant of 32 sovereign states during her life, and served as monarch of 15 of them at the time of her death.
Her reign of 70 years and 214 days is the longest of any British monarch and the longest recorded of any head of state in history, second to just King Louis XIV of France who reigned for a whopping 72 years!
Her loss is felt by all regardless of political affiliation or thought, not only because of her long reign, but because of the type of person she was.
She had a very strong sense of duty and determination to the role that was hers, to dedicate her life to the throne and to the people.
A constant symbol high above a rapidly changing world filled with decline, corruption, inequality, austerity, pandemics, war, and an ever-moving era of change in British society.
You only needed to look at Queen Elizabeth II and you knew where you were.
And as we follow plans for the Queen’s lying in state and funeral, we can but only hope that our new monarch – King Charles III – if unable to match 70 years of devoted public service, can at least make his own path as a king, no longer in-waiting, but here.
I never thought I would have to say this so soon.
Long Live the King!
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