RIP – Queen Elizabeth II Passes Away At Age 96

Queen Elizabeth II has passed away at the age of 96. She had the distinction of the longest reign of any monarch in the United Kingdom.

This is a woman who was queen throughout multiple American presidencies and was regarded highly by all of them.

Her son will now become King Charles III.

From the Associated Press:

Queen Elizabeth II, a monarch bound by duty, dies at 96

On her 21st birthday in 1947, Princess Elizabeth went on the radio and made a promise to Britain and its Commonwealth nations: She pledged that “my whole life, whether it be short or long, will be devoted to your service.”

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Over her very long life, Queen Elizabeth II fulfilled that vow.

Through 15 prime ministers, from Winston Churchill to Liz Truss. Through Britain’s postwar deprivations, crippling labor unrest and Brexit. Through the messy divorces, embarrassments and scandals of her family. She endured through it all — a reassuring anchor in a fast-changing world.

The longest-reigning monarch that Britain has ever known, Elizabeth died Thursday at 96 at Balmoral Castle, her beloved summer home in Scotland, after having steadied and modernized the royal institution through seven decades of huge social change.

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Truss pronounced the country “devastated” and called Elizabeth “the rock on which modern Britain was built.”

Her passing ends an era, the modern Elizabethan age. Her 73-year-old son, Charles, automatically became king upon her death. He will be known as King Charles III, although his coronation might not take place for months.

It’s the end of an era.

This was a beautiful moment.

Rest in peace.

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