(Published On The 8th Of September 2022) (Edited On The 25th Of October 2022) Buckingham Palace Confirmed The News After Hours Of Concern For The Queen's Life Was Shared By Many Across The United Kingdom
Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, Has Died Aged 96.
Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, the British Overseas Territories, and the Commonwealth of Nations has died aged 96 whilst under medical supervision at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, Buckingham Palace have confirmed.
Tributes have been made to the late British Monarch by former Prime Ministers: Sir John Major, Sir Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, David Cameron, Theresa May, and Boris Johnson.
Current Prime Minister, Liz Truss, who mere days earlier had been appointed by Queen Elizabeth II to her current position following the resignation of Boris Johnson and winning her leadership contest and Prime Minister vote against the former Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, also paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II.
Former US Presidents: Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barrack Obama, and Donald Trump along with current US President, Joe Biden, have also paid tribute from across the pond.
The death of Queen Elizabeth II marks the end of the longest royal reign in British History, with only Queen Victoria herself coming in second place.
During her reign over the British Empire and later the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the world saw radical changes occur only during a short amount of time, literally redrawing the map of the world and the societies that inhabit this planet.
The Cold War, decolonization, radical advancements in technology, the fall of the Soviet Union and British Empire, 9/11, the War on Terror, climate change, the rise of Cancel Culture and Slacktivism, and so much more.
Throughout 70 years as head of state, the Queen has met 14 Prime Ministers, 13 US Presidents, 5 Popes, 4 Soviet General Secretaries, and 2 Presidents of the Russian Federation.
Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was born in Mayfair, London, on the 21st of April, 1926.
Her father Prince Albert wasn't even supposed to be King, but when King Edward VIII abdicated to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson, the Prince was re-branded as King George VI.
The reluctant King guided the British Empire through WW2, during which the then Princess Elizabeth of York served the Empire in the Axillary Territorial Service.
In November of 1947, the future Queen married Prince Phillip Mountbatten of Greece and Denmark.
Between 1947 and 1951, the British Empire began the long process of decolonization in Asia and Africa with New Zealand, South Africa, the British Raj (Modern day India, Pakistan, Burma/Myanmar, and Bangladesh), and Ceylon (Modern day Sri Lanka) and others.
In 1952, King George VI passed away after battling cancer whilst Princess Elizabeth II the Duchess of Edinburgh was touring in British Kenya.
A year later, Queen Elizabeth II was crowned Queen on live television, the first British Monarch to do so.
During her reign more British Colonies would gain independence including:
Rhodesia (Modern day Zimbabwe).
Northern Rhodesia (Modern day Zambia).
British Cameroons (Modern day Cameroon).
British Honduras (Modern day Belize).
And many more.
In 1979 the Irish Republican Army (I.R.A.) murdered her cousin Lord Mountbatten, and in 1981 two separate attempts were made on her life.
During the Trooping the Colour Ceremony before the wedding of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana Spencer, six shots were fired at the Queen by republican radical Marcus Sarjeant.
Later that year during a tour of New Zealand, she was nearly killed by an assassin.
Christopher John Lewis was found guilty of attempted assassination and was sent to jail, a year later he escaped prison and tried to assassinate Prince Charles and Princess Diana but was captured soon after escaping.
In 1982 Prince Charles went to fight in the Falklands War against Argentina, and started a private campaign to end Apartheid in South Africa following former Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher resuming trade with the White-Minority-Rule nation.
During the 1990s, the Queen suffered her Annus Horribilis (Horrible Year).
During the 90's: Republicanism rose in popularity, Prince Andrew the Duke of York got divorced, Mauritius removed the Queen as head of state, former prime minister John Major enacted new laws making the British Royal Family pay taxes, a fire broke out at Windsor Castle, Princess Ann got divorced from Captain Mark Phillips OLY, demonstrators threw rotten eggs at the Queen during her visit to Dresden, Prince Charles and Princess Diana got divorced, Diana's death in Paris, the hand over of Hong Kong to China ending the British Empire, and The Sun newspaper leaking her Christmas Message.
Before the 2002 Golden Jubilee, both her sister and mother Princess Margaret and the Queen Mother passed away.
On the 21st of December 2007, Queen Elizabeth II surpassed her great-great-grandmother , Queen Victoria Empress of India, in becoming the longest reigning British Monarch, head of state, female head of state, Queen, and public servant in history.
Gaining the Guinness World Record for her accolades in late 2015.
Between the early to mid 2000s and 2010s, the Queen began to show signs of health difficulties.
In 2003 she had Keyhole Surgery in both of her knees, in 2006 she pulled a back muscle, in 2013 she had been diagnosed with Gastroenteritis, in 2018 she underwent Cataract Surgery, in 2021 she began to require canes to walk and tested positive for Covid-19.
During the early 2020's the Queen declared her second Annus Horriblis, as the British Monarchy entered the Covid Pandemic.
Prince Andrew the Duke of York was accused of going to sex trafficker Jeffery Epstein's New York City flat and private island to have sex with underage girls, Prince Harry and Princess Meghan Markle entered exile in America, Prince Charles being deemed an “Incompetent Future King”, testing positive for Covid-19, and the death of her husband Prince Phillip just before his 100th birthday and after 73 years of marriage.
In June of 2021, she attended the State Opening of Parliament and the 47th G7 Summit.
In the run up to her Platinum Jubilee earlier this year, Queen Elizabeth II wanted this year's Jubilee to be one of a greener Britain, and proposed that families plant a tree for the Queen this year.
Dubbed the “Platinum Treebilee”, families across the UK planted tress across England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland in her honour.
The Queen's Platinum Jubilee officially begun on February 6th, marking 70 years since she took the her late father King George VI's place as reigning Monarch.
The war in Ukraine, the threat of Nuclear War once again hanging over our heads, Chinese incursions into Taiwan and Kashmir, White Nationalism taking hold in Africa and the United States, and mass civil unrest across Europe and North America all undoubtedly in her mind as she waved to the people that day.
In April, the Queen had given most of her public service duties to her son the Prince of Wales, leading many to wonder if she'd abdicate due to her poor health.
The Queen defied critic's expectations and said that she wouldn't abdicate.
A reign that had seen it's share of ups, downs, and historical events, now comes to an end peacefully, surrounded by her family.
Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, has now been made King Charles III and his wife Camilia Parker Bowles the Duchess of Cornwall has been made Queen Consort.