Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has died at 96 years old, after 70years of her reigning . This news has sent shock waves across the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth, and the world at large.
On Thursday, September 8, 2022, Buckingham Palace announced the news in an official statement, sharing that she died “peacefully at Balmoral.”
The news came after the Palace previously shared that Queen Elizabeth II’s doctors were “concerned” for her health. Immediately, members of the royal family went to Balmoral, the estate in Scotland where the queen had been spending her summer holiday, to be with her. That includes all four of her children, Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward, along with Charles’s wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Edward’s wife, Sophie, Countess of Wessex. The queen’s grandchildren, including Prince William and Prince Harry, also rushed to Balmoral.
The longest-serving monarch in British history has defined the modern era of the United Kingdom through her historic life and reign. Born on April 21, 1926, the then Princess Elizabeth of York was not destine for the throne at birth. However, her uncle, King Edward VIII, abdicated the throne in order to marry an American divorcee, Wallis Simpson. Elizabeth’s father, George VI, thus became king—putting her on the direct path to the throne. When George died in 1952, Elizabeth immediately became queen at just 25 years old.