Buckingham Palace: “Queen Elizabeth II Died Peacefully at Balmoral Castle”. Charles III new King
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by Fabio Giuseppe Carlo Carisio
Queen Elizabeth II, the UK’s longest-serving monarch, has died at Balmoral aged 96, after reigning for 70 years. Charles will be the new King of United Kingdom.
The country’s new king, who will be known as King Charles III, has released a statement and will address the nation Friday.
In his first statement as king, Charles marked the death of his “beloved Mother, Her Majesty The Queen” as a “moment of the greatest sadness” for his family and the world.
“We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much-loved Mother,” Charles said.
“I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world,” he said.
“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 NATIONAL MOURNING
Since Queen Elizabeth died in Balmoral Castle, in her residence in Scotland, the preparation of the funeral will proceed with the Scottish ritual, with the Operation renamed “Unicorn”.
It provides for the immediate suspension of work in the Scottish Parliament, to allow the authorities to prepare for the state funeral.
Parliament, the nearby Holyroodhouse building and St. Giles’ Cathedral will be at the center of the events, which will bring hundreds of thousands of people, between the public and the press, to Edinburgh.
The funeral home will be in Holyroodhouse and the coffin will subsequently be taken to the cathedral following the route of the ancient Royal Mile, in the heart of Edinburgh. The coffin of the sovereign will then be transported to London aboard the Royal Train.
This meticulous procedure will end with a state funeral. From death to funeral, 12 days of national mourning will then be proclaimed.
The queen’s body will be placed in the throne room of Buckingham Palace: there will be an altar, the royal banner and four Royal Guards with their headdresses tilted and their rifles facing the floor.
Both the funeral of the queen and the subsequent coronation of Charles will be events whose cost will weigh on the Britain economy.
There are those who have tried to do the bill, and evaluate the cost in billions of pounds: to compose it will be the changes to the programming of the BBC and other broadcasters (with a loss of advertising revenue), the cost of the ceremonies (funeral and coronation), the updating of coins, stamps and banknotes (which currently have the face of Elizabeth) and, in general, the “correction” of everything that today bears the word “QEII” (Queen Elisabeth II), from letterboxes to the typical cop helmets.
Queen Elizabeth II, the UK’s longest-serving monarch, has died at Balmoral aged 96, after reigning for 70 years.
Her family gathered at her Scottish estate after concerns grew about her health earlier on Thursday.
The Queen came to the throne in 1952 and witnessed enormous social change.
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.
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.”
All the Queen’s children travelled to Balmoral, near Aberdeen, after doctors placed the Queen under medical supervision.
Her grandson, Prince William, is also there, with his brother, Prince Harry, on his way.
Queen Elizabeth II’s tenure as head of state spanned post-war austerity, the transition from empire to Commonwealth, the end of the Cold War and the UK’s entry into – and withdrawal from – the European Union.
Her reign spanned 15 prime ministers starting with Winston Churchill, born in 1874, and including Liz Truss, born 101 years later in 1975, and appointed by the Queen earlier this week.
She held weekly audiences with her prime minister throughout her reign.
At Buckingham Palace in London, crowds awaiting updates on the Queen’s condition began crying as they heard of her death. The Union flag on top of the palace was lowered to half-mast at 18:30 BST.
The Queen was born Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor, in Mayfair, London, on 21 April 1926.
Few could have foreseen she would become monarch but in December 1936 her uncle, Edward VIII, abdicated from the throne to marry the twice-divorced American, Wallis Simpson.
Elizabeth’s father became King George VI and, at age 10, Lilibet, as she was known in the family, became heir to the throne.
Within three years, Britain was at war with Nazi Germany. Elizabeth and her younger sister, Princess Margaret, spent much of wartime at Windsor Castle after their parents rejected suggestions they be evacuated to Canada.
After turning 18, Elizabeth spent five months with the Auxiliary Territorial Service and learned basic motor mechanic and driving skills. “I began to understand the esprit de corps that flourishes in the face of adversity,” she recalled later.
Through the war, she exchanged letters with her third cousin, Philip, Prince of Greece, who was serving in the Royal Navy. Their romance blossomed and the couple married at Westminster Abbey on 20 November 1947, with the prince taking the title of Duke of Edinburgh.
She would later describe him as “my strength and stay” through 74 years of marriage, before his death in 2021, aged 99.
Their first son, Charles, was born in 1948, followed by Princess Anne, in 1950, Prince Andrew, in 1960, and Prince Edward, in 1964. Between them, they gave their parents eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Princess Elizabeth was in Kenya in 1952, representing the ailing King, when Philip broke the news that her father had died. She immediately returned to London as the new Queen.
“It was all a very sudden kind of taking on and making the best job you can,” she later recalled.
Elizabeth was crowned at Westminster Abbey on 2 June 1953, aged 27, in front of a then-record TV audience estimated at more than 20 million people.
Subsequent decades would see great change, with the end of the British Empire overseas and the swinging ’60s sweeping away social norms at home.