New Delhi: Queen Elizabeth II breathed her last on September 8. Earlier, her health deteriorated with time, following that the British Royal family rushed to her side. She was under medical supervision in an estate in the Scottish Highlands.
Queen Elizabeth II was the longest serving monarch of the UK, remained at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. In a statement, Buckingham Palace said, “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and the Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”
With her death, her eldest son Charles, the former Prince of Wales, will lead the country in mourning as the new King and head of state for 14 Commonwealth realms, the BBC reported.
Born on April 21, 1926, Elizabeth II became queen in 1952 when she was just 25-year-old. In 2017, she became the first monarch to reach a sapphire jubilee.
Queen Elizabeth II is 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.
Britain’s queen married navy lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, a Greek prince, at London’s Westminster Abbey on November 20, 1947. They had four children named Prince Charles (1948), Princess Anne (1950), Prince Andrew (1960) and Prince Edward (1964). Her husband Philip passed away in April 2021 at the age of 99.
Elizabeth is financier of more than 600 organisations and charities. The Charities Aid Foundation estimated that Elizabeth has helped raise over £1.4 billion for her patronages during her reign.
Queen Elizabeth II was the queen of 15 Commonwealth realms – Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Belize, Canada, Grenada, Jamaica, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and the United Kingdom.
The new British PM Liz Truss said that the whole country will be “deeply concerned by the news from Buckingham Palace this lunchtime.” “The whole country will be deeply concerned by the news from Buckingham Palace this lunchtime. My thoughts – and the thoughts of people across our United Kingdom – are with Her Majesty The Queen and her family at this time,” UK PM tweeted.
(With Inputs from ANI and PTI)