UK Mourns Her Queen
The United Kingdom was thrown into mourning yesterday following Buckingham Palace’s announcement of the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, the UK’s longest-reigning monarch.
Buckingham palace had earlier announced that the 96-year-old monarch had been placed under medical supervision after doctors expressed concern over her health. Members of the royal family had rushed to Balmoral castle, Scotland, where the Queen lived her last days. Crowned on February 6, 1952, she became the second longest-reigning monarch in the world in June, after French King Louis XIV who served as monarch for more than 72 years and died in 1715.
A Steadying Anchor
The only monarch most Britons have ever known, after seven decades on the throne, the Queen was a steadying anchor for the House of Windsor, through many upheavals. Tribute has poured in from around the world, including from Prime Minister Liz Truss, who was anointed PM by the Queen on Tuesday. In a tribute to his “Beloved Mother, Her Majesty The Queen”, the heir to the throne, Prince Charles, wrote, “I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.”
“During this period of mourning and change, my family and I will be comforted and sustained by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which The Queen was so widely held,” the new King, who will be known as King Charles III, added