LONDON – News reports were coming in yesterday regarding concerns over the health of Queen Elizabeth II. Under medical supervision at her Balmoral home in Scotland, family members were said to be making there way to be with her.
A short while later, the official announcement came from Buckingham Palace confirming Her Majesty the Queen has passed away peacefully surrounded by her family. She was 96 years old, and had reigned for 70 years. She took the throne on 6 February 1952, and celebrated her Platinum Jubilee earlier this year.
His Magesty the King
In a statement from His Majesty the King, he paid tribute to his Mother, and said,
The death of my beloved Mother, Her Majesty the Queen is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family.
We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherised Sovereign and a much loved Mother. I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the Country, the Realms, and The Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.
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 King and his wife, Camilla, who is now Queen Consort, have returned Buckinham Palance today where he is expected to address the nation.
New Prime Minister
Just 2 days before her death, Her Majesty met with Liz Truss at Balmoral Castle, and asked her to form a new Administration. Ms. Truss accepted Her Majesty’s offer and was appointed Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury.
London Bridge has fallen
This day was always going to come at some point. And as such, plans have always been in place. Operation London Bridge will now come into force. These plans will continue over the next days and weeks, and are detailed in the video below.
Mourning and Condolences
Buckingham Palace has put together a guide on how to sign the online book of condolence. You can find full details here.
King Felipe VI
King Felipe VI of Spain gave his personal condolences on the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
Queen Elizabeth will be remembered as one of the greatest Queens of all time, for her dignity, sense of duty, courage, and unflagging dedication to her people.
His speech can been here with full subtitles in English.
🗨️El Rey ha presidido el acto institucional del @vcentenario_ de la llegada a Sevilla de la expedición de la #PrimeraVueltaAlMundo, "un viaje con un profundo impacto, cuyo formidable legado perdura y se engrandece hasta la actualidad."
— Casa de S.M. el Rey (@CasaReal) September 8, 2022
To King Charles III
In a statement from the King of Spain to King Charles III, King Felipe said that he and Queen Letizia sent their love and prayers to the whole family. He continued by saying the family were in their hearts and thoughts, and that they will miss her dearly. He signed off with all his friendship and affection.
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