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Queen Elizabeth II, the UK's longest-reigning queen, passed away at Balmoral at the age of 96.
On Thursday, her family gathered at her Scottish estate as her health started to become a concern. When the Queen ascended to the throne in 1952, she experienced a sea change in society. As the new King and ruler of 14 Commonwealth states following her passing, her eldest son Charles, the former Prince of Wales, will lead the nation in grief. The Queen passed away quietly at Balmoral this afternoon, according to a statement from Buckingham Palace. The King and the Queen Consort will stay at Balmoral until this evening and travel back to London the next day. After doctors put the Queen under medical care, all of the Queen's children made their way to Balmoral, which is close to Aberdeen.
In her role as head of state, Queen Elizabeth II presided over the conclusion of the Cold War, the postwar period of austerity, the transition from empire to the Commonwealth, and the UK's membership in and exit from the European Union. Liz Truss, who was selected by the Queen earlier this week and was born 101 years after Winston Churchill in 1975, was one of the 15 prime ministers who served during her 15-year reign. Throughout her reign, she had weekly meetings with her prime minister. As news of the Queen's passing reached Buckingham Palace in London, the people waiting for information on her condition started wailing. At half-mast at 18:30 BST, the Union flag above the palace was lowered.
The Queen was born Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor on April 21, 1937, in Mayfair, London. Few could have predicted she would become the monarch, but in December 1936, her uncle, Edward VIII, abdicated the crown to wed American Wallis Simpson, who had previously been divorced twice. At age 10, Lilibet, as she was referred to in the family, became heir to the throne. Elizabeth's father was King George VI. Three years later, Nazi Germany and Britain were at war. After their parents refused recommendations that they are evacuated to Canada, Elizabeth and Princess Margaret, her younger sister, spent most of the war at Windsor Castle.
Elizabeth joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service after turning 18 and served there for five months, during which time she acquired fundamental knowledge of driving and auto repair. She subsequently said, "I started to comprehend the esprit de corps that thrives in the face of adversity. All through the war, She corresponded via letters with her third cousin Philip, Prince of Greece, a Royal Navy sailor, during the conflict. Following the couple's blossoming romance, they were wed at Westminster Abbey on November 20, 1947, with the prince assuming the title of Duke of Edinburgh.
Before his passing in 2021 at the age of 99, she would subsequently refer to him as "my strength and stay" throughout their 74-year marriage. Princess Anne was born in 1950, Prince Andrew in 1960, and Prince Edward in 1964. Their first son, Charles, was born in 1948. They each produced eight grandkids and twelve great-grandchildren for their parents. Princess Elizabeth was representing the ill King in Kenya in 1952 when Philip informed her that her father had passed away. As the new Queen, she went back to London right away. She later remembered, "It was all a very sudden kind of taking on and doing the best job you can.
Elizabeth was crowned at Westminster Abbey on June 2, 1953, at the age of 27, in front of an estimated 20 million viewers of the then-record TV broadcast. Much would happen in the ensuing decades, including the collapse of the British Empire abroad. Queen Elizabeth called her husband "My strength and stay." They lived 74 years together. He passed on in 2021, I guess she truly missed their companionship. I call him a strong man because only a strong man can be with a strong woman.