Queen Elizabeth II Dead At 96


September 08, 2022

By: Matthew Burkhead

Photo: Credit: Julian Calder/Wikimedia Commons

Update: 

Queen Elizabeth II passed away at the age of 96 at Balmoral Castle, the royal family’s estate in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

Queen Elizabeth II was born in Mayfair, London, on April 21, 1926, as the first child of the Duke (later King George IV) and Duchess of York (later Queen Elizabeth). Her father acceded the throne in 1936 upon the abdication of his brother King Edward VIII, making Elizabeth the heir presumptive. The Queen died on September 8, 2022, at 96 and spent 70 on the throne in service to her country. She is survived by her children Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Anne, Princess Royal, and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex. Long live Queen Elizabeth.

After her father passed away in 1952, Elizabeth—then 25 years old—became queen regent of seven independent Commonwealth countries: the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan, and Ceylon (known today as Sri Lanka), as well as Head of the Commonwealth. Elizabeth reigned as a constitutional monarch through significant political changes such as the Troubles in Northern Ireland, devolution in the United Kingdom, the decolonization of Africa, and the United Kingdom's accession to the European Communities and withdrawal from the European Union. The number of her realms varied over time as territories gained independence, and some domains became republics. Her many historic visits and meetings include state visits to China in 1986, Russia in 1994, the Republic of Ireland in 2011, and visits to or from five popes.

Significant events include Elizabeth's coronation in 1953 and the celebrations of her Silver, Golden, Diamond, and Platinum jubilees in 1977, 2002, 2012, and 2022, respectively. Elizabeth was the longest-lived and longest-reigning British monarch, the oldest and longest-serving incumbent head of state, and the second-longest verifiable reigning sovereign monarch in world history. She faced occasional republican sentiment and media criticism of her family, particularly after the breakdowns of her children's marriages, her annus horribilis in 1992, and the death of her former daughter-in-law Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1997. However, support for the monarchy in the United Kingdom remained consistently high, as did her popularity.

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Queen Elizabeth’s, age 96, health suddenly declines, and Her Majesty’s doctors said, "Following further evaluation this morning, The Queen’s doctors are concerned for Her Majesty’s health and have recommended she remain under medical supervision," the palace said. "The Queen remains comfortable and at Balmoral."

Her Majesty stays at the summer home at Balmoral Castle, the royal family’s estate in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. According to a royal source, the immediate family members are there in support of the Queen.

The queen's oldest child, Charles, Prince of Wales; his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall; and the queen's daughter, Princess Anne, are already at Balmoral, according to their respective spokespersons. Meanwhile, the queen's other sons, Prince Andrew, Duke of York; and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex; as well as Edward's wife, Sophie, Countess of Wessex; Charles' two sons, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge; and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex; along with Harry's wife, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, are all on their way to Balmoral, their respective spokespersons confirmed.

The new Prime Minister Liz Truss said in a tweet on Thursday that her "thoughts -- and the thoughts of people across our United Kingdom -- are with Her Majesty The Queen and her family at this time."

"The whole country will be deeply concerned by the news from Buckingham Palace this lunchtime," Truss tweeted.

This is a developing story. More details to come…